2016 International Women’s Day

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(photos courtesy of Lesley Yoder)

The Writing Program’s second annual International Women’s Day celebration was held at the Pardee School for Global Studies on Wednesday, March 16th. With the generous support from the CAS Writing Program and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, we organized a wonderful evening of engagement, merriment, and solidarity, with particular attention having been paid to the official 2016 IWD campaign theme: #PledgeForParity

We were happy to welcome Maggi Alexander from the Philanthropic Initiative as our guest speaker, and as part of the event, proceeds were donated to support the local organization LukesLights.org

While the beginnings of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early 20th century labor movement in the United States, it was officially celebrated by the United Nations on March 8, 1975. The day has become an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women in order to promote gender equality in both social and professional life. Now it is celebrated worldwide with an official presence online.

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