Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Last week, the Mayor and Madison’s Common Council passed a resolution to recognize today, March 8, as International Women’s Day. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted both the centrality of women’s contributions as health care workers, caregivers, leaders and innovators, and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. This year, the United Nations has declared the theme as, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

Please help us celebrate at #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021 and read the full resolution below:

WHEREAS, the idea of International Women’s Day goes back to February 1909 in New York City where women socialists and suffragettes proclaimed a day of international solidarity with a prophetic focus on global women’s rights; and

WHEREAS, in 1910, one hundred women delegates from 17 countries advanced the idea as a means to continue promoting the rights of women, including suffrage – the right to vote; and

WHEREAS, the demand for women’s rights continued to grow, gain support, and shine a much-needed light on the poor conditions under which too many women live and work. In the 1960s, the ideal of women’s rights was taken up by a new generation of feminists who called for equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, subsidized child care and the prevention of violence against women; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975, which was declared “International Women’s Year.” In 1977, the United Nations invited members to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace, and International Women’s Day continues to be celebrated worldwide each year on March 8; and

WHEREAS, in this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women around the world. Women are disproportionately represented in frontline hospital and health care jobs and other high-risk and often low wage jobs. In additions, the virus has forced many women to leave their jobs to assume caretaking responsibilities for children and older adults, causing a dramatic reduction of women in the workforce, representing billions in lost wages and economic activity and necessitating more progressive work-family policies to advance gender equity and achieve economic growth; and

WHEREAS, women of color play a vital role in maintaining the economic stability of their families and communities, performing the essential work that keep families and communities afloat and are still paid, on average, less than men and white women. As COVID-19 has wreaked havoc around the globe, it has disproportionately impacted women of color, and understanding COVID-19’s impact on these women is critical to global public health and overcoming the current crisis; and

WHEREAS, the 2021 UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” highlighting the heroic contributions of women and girls as health care workers, caregivers, innovators and community organizers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, local organizations including Africaide, University of Wisconsin 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative, United Nations Association of the United States of America-Dane County Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Madison Alumnae Chapter, UW African Studies Program, Senegambia Women’s Association and Zonta Club of Madison will celebrate this day on Saturday, March 6, 2021, bringing together women in Madison and Wisconsin;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and the Madison Common Council recognize and celebrate the critical contributions women, and especially women of color, are making around the world during in this historic pandemic year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mayor Rhodes-Conway and the Madison Common Council recognize the strength of every woman and believe that together we can fulfill the century-old vision of the International Women’s Day Founders to stand firmly together to build a better, more equitable and more peaceful world.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that March 8, 2021 is declared International Women’s Day in the City of Madison, and all Madisonians are encouraged to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day.

Originally posted on the Mayor’s Blog – https://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/blog/celebrating-international-womens-day

Celebrate Black History Month with Madison Public Library

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans in U.S. history and beyond.

Visit the Madison Public Library’s dedicated page to events around Madison this month! Many of the events are virtual so you can safely attend!


Congratulations to Vice President Harris

Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris as the first female vice president, the first African American woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. She is an inspiration to many and demonstrates to our BIPOC youth that they can aspire to hold one of the highest elected offices in the land. At a time when our nation is reeling from unprecedented civil unrest, Vice President Harris can lead the way toward healing.

Read more here

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think one of the best ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is to remember his dream. #Honor #Respect #Truth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28th, 1963 – Washington D.C.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

From Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s blog

Please join me and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi next Monday, January 18, at 6:00 pm at the City-County Humanitarian Award Ceremony honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award winners, selected by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, are community members who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the names of the awardees will not be public until closer to the event, I ask that you mark the ceremony on your calendar. You can log on to the event at this site: http://mlkingcoalition.org . It will be a wonderful evening, with music, speakers and gratitude for individuals who work to honor the legacy of Dr. King every day.

I  look forward to welcoming, and listening to, keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.  – a NY Times best-selling author, respected commentator, and Princeton University Professor. For more information about this event, other King Coalition events, and other community events planned to commemorate the King Holiday you can access the King Coalition Facebook page.