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File #: 64436    Version: 1 Name: Establishing March 8, 2021, as International Women's Day in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/26/2021 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 3/2/2021 Final action: 3/2/2021
Enactment date: 3/8/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00171
Title: Establishing March 8, 2021, as International Women's Day in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Max Prestigiacomo, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
3/2/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Unanimously Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.24, & 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Establishing March 8, 2021, as International Women's Day in the City of Madison.
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 a...

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