Madison, WI Header
File #: 76487    Version: 1 Name: Celebrating March 8, 2023, as International Women's Day in the City of Madison
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/28/2023 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 3/7/2023 Final action: 3/7/2023
Enactment date: 3/10/2023 Enactment #: RES-23-00197
Title: Celebrating March 8, 2023, as International Women's Day in the City of Madison
Sponsors: Nasra Wehelie, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Sabrina V. Madison, Charles Myadze, Erik Paulson, Matthew J. Phair, William Tishler, Barbara Vedder, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required with this resolution.
Celebrating March 8, 2023, 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, 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; and

WHEREAS, the 2023 theme for International Women's Day is #Embrace Equity, which is intended to "get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action"; and,

WHEREAS, local organizations including Africaide, University of Wisconsin 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative, and Senegambia Women's Associati...

Click here for full text