International Women's Day on March 8 linked millions and possibly billions of women from around the globe. The event included 464 bridge marches in 70 countries with thousands of women, men and children registered on the Women for Women website. And what of the folks who didn't or couldn't register, or participated in discussions while running errands?
A few valiant women joined together on the Fourth Avenue Bridge in downtown Olympia for International Women’s Day.
Who showed up?
• A co-creator of the Olympia Comprehensive Plan that Imagine Olympia is reviewing, available at www.ci.olympia.wa.us/.
• A couple who celebrates their anniversary on March 8. What better way to celebrate, when they “can’t be” married.
• A woman on her way up the bridge with groceries stopped to say that in Bayview she and women spoke about the day.
How does this information help the women of war-torn countries, suffering violence and bigotry?
Some 75 percent of the people with whom I spoke knew of IWD already. The message of recognition and support was being sent over every communication trail: online, phone, radio, word of mouth. We are concerned and active in our communities, we laugh and shop mindfully, we engage to strengthen our city.
That is the way many women live. We are busy.
For more information, visit www.womenforwomen.org. It’s a charity that helps women in areas of conflict to rebuild their lives.