Happy International Women’s Day
We are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month (WHM)! Each year on March 8th, we are given an opportunity to highlight the realities of identifying as a woman. It’s a chance to celebrate women, raise awareness, and take action. At Response, our daily work is undeniably impacted by gender disparities. We want to do our part in the collective effort to bring about gender equality.
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, the week grew into Women’s History Month. Each year, a proclamation is released by the White House that designates the month for women’s history.
International Women’s Day can be traced back to a garment workers’ strike in 1908 New York City. The one-year anniversary of those strikes marked the first official Women’s Day, and in 1910, it was turned into an international movement advocating universal suffrage. While suffrage has since been achieved in many places around the world, there is still an urgent need to advocate for gender equality across the world. Inequality between genders is a large part of what drives domestic and sexual abuse.
Want to help Response this month?
Try shopping or yoga for a good cause!!
Join us in supporting Aspen’s women-owned businesses while benefiting Response! All you have to do is shop in Aspen on March 18th when 10% of proceeds from participating stores will go to Response and the Aspen Youth Center.
On April 8th, join us for a special yoga class at 4pm at O2 Aspen with a reception to follow where you can learn more about our work and meet other like-minded yogis!
Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, creates and supports comprehensive funding and resources for organizations working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The current authorization of the act expired in 2018, so it’s past time for a new VAWA to be passed. One important aspect of equality is representation, and with this nomination we move closer to gender parity. Urge political action by using this link to send an email to your senators today!
In the News
We want to highlight and applaud the nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Jackson, if confirmed, would be only the sixth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. One important aspect of equality is representation, and with this nomination we move closer to gender parity.
Other Ways to Support Women in our Community
Become familiar with the signs of abuse.
Be an ally. Listen, offer support, and share resources.
Quote of the Month
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
– Gloria Steinhem
Newsletter – March 8, 2022
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