Seneca Falls may end support for National Women’s Hall of Fame over Jane Fonda induction

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Jane Fonda attends the premiere of HBO’s “Jane Fonda In Five Acts” at Hammer Museum on September 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

SENECA FALLS, NY (WROC) — The town supervisor for a small town in upstate New York is set to propose a resolution that will drop the town’s financial support for the National Women’s Hall of Fame over the hall’s decision to induct actress Jane Fonda.

Fonda was announced earlier this month as a member of the 2019 class along with nine other women including late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and prominent attorney Gloria Allred.

Back in 1972, Fonda sparked controversy that follows her to this day over her decision to visit Hanoi, the enemy capital during the Vietnam War, as part of a protest against U.S. bombing.

In the resolution to be heard next week at Seneca Falls’ town board meeting, Supervisor Greg Lazzaro wrote that “support for this outrageous induction choice should be vehemently opposed” out of respect for the town’s veterans.

The town said it has given $278,750 to the hall of fame over the last decade and has secured a $420,000 grant, but if the resolution is approved, the town will end “any financial donations, cooperation, and in-kind services during all events associated with the National Women’s Hall of Fame” immediately.

The resolution to drop the donations will be considered at a meeting on Tuesday, April 2.

The induction ceremony for this year’s finalists will be Sept. 14.

Read the full resolution from Supervisor Greg Lazzaro

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