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On March 8th Let’s Celebrate!
We are witnessing a movement that is long overdue!
From the incredible Women’s Marches in 2017 & 2018, through the hashtag movements #MeToo and #TimesUp of the last several months. Today, more than ever, it is incumbent upon all of us to take up the torch of everyone who fought before us, for the advancement of gender parity.
Recent legislation has recognized the importance of this momentum with Bill 148 including emergency leave plus specific 10-day job protected leave for those who experience or are threatened with domestic or sexual violence. The kind of violence that overwhelmingly affects women more. And these are important steps but they are only the first of many.
We have a long way to go to truly reconcile the issues of inequality and oppression that have been deeply imbedded in our systems and ways of thinking for a long time. Many people face deeply entrenched barriers at every turn in our society through our systems and institutions.
We must challenge the gender stereotypes and confront the subtle sexism and discrimination that allows gender inequality to exist. That means speaking up when you see something happening that shouldn’t be, and finding someone you trust to tell when something happens to you. And, as activists we must inspire our friends, family and communities to take action as well.
So, I urge you to read the stories that are being told. Seek out the hashtags of the movement like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the International Women’s Day tag #PressForProgress. Take the time to read the histories of powerful women and think about the extraordinary women in our everyday lives.
We will continue the fight for justice and equality as Union Sisters, Brothers, and Friends as we move forward, toward a better future for all.
Visit the official page for International Women’s Day here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com