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Today, March 8, 2018 marks International Women's Day, a global day marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It was established by the United Nations in 1975, and today, women and women's rights advocates are joining together worldwide to support gender equality, equal pay and the fair treatment of women in the workplace.
Fueled by the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, parades and rallies supporting women's issues have already been staged in countries including Spain, Italy and Afghanistan. Businesses like Google and McDonald's are also recognizing the day, with the fast-food giant inverting their famous arches to create a "W" in some locations.
This week, The Village of Palmetto Bay issued a proclamation sponsored by Village Councilmember Karyn Cunningham supporting International Women's Day. It reads in part:
"WHEREAS, the Village Council seeks to recognize all women living and working in the Village, and women in the Nation and the World; and
WHEREAS, March 8, 2018, has been designated by the United Nations International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF PALMETTO BAY, AS FOLLOWS:
The Village of Palmetto Bay will support the goals of International Women’s Day as follows:
Recognize that the empowerment of women is inextricably linked to the Village’s and the Nation’s potential growth and prosperity;
Recognize and honor individuals in the Village, the Nation, and around the world, that have worked throughout history to ensure that women are guaranteed equality and basic human rights;
Encourage the people of the Village of Palmetto Bay to observe International Women’s Day with appropriate programs and activities."
Schools around the world, including those in Palmetto Bay are also recognizing International Women's Day. Even the toy industry is participating. The makers of "Barbie" have created and released 12 new dolls representing modern and historical women role models this week.