The Heartland Workers Center Congratulates All Women Today as We Celebrate the 102nd International Women’s Day

Contact: Jesamari Hernandez402.933.6095/jesamari@heartlandworkerscenter.org

Omaha, NE – Today, March 8, the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) would like to congratulate and wish all women a Happy International Women’s Day.  We would like to thank and congratulate all the women who have been involved with the HWC over the last four years, particularly those who serve on the HWC Board of Directors, Council of Workers, NALACC, and our women members.

International Women’s Day allows us as individuals and a community to recognize the contributions women have made to our society, but at the same time, reflect upon the reality of many women who struggle daily.  “Gender equality is important for both women and men to realize and fulfill their true potential as protagonists in this society,” stated Carolyn Kropf, HWC member.

Women’s leadership has been important in the growth of the organization, but also the community as a whole.  “Equal participation and treatment in the workplace and in public life is important as we work to change and build a community that works for all,” stated Abbie Kretz, HWC Senior Organizer.

Women’s Day was first observed as a national holiday on February 28, 1909 in the United States as a way to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of women’s labor.  The following year, Women’s Day was recognized in Copenhagen, honoring women’s rights and building recognition to women’s suffrage.  With over 100 women from 17 countries were present, it had an international spirit.

In 1911, as a result of the Copenhagen events, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, in which men and women gathered to rally in support of women’s issues, such as the right to vote and hold public office.  In 1917, the date was changed to March 8, a day when women across Russia began to protest for “bread and peace” as a response to the death of two million soldiers at war.

For more information about International Women’s Day, check out http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/2012/.