international women's day en Hundreds in Michigan rally on 100th Annual International Women’s Day <p>On the first <a href="">International Women&rsquo;s Day</a> in 1911, thousands petitioned for women&rsquo;s rights to vote and end discrimination in the workplace. Now it&rsquo;s a mix. Participants hope to close the remaining gaps where they exist and celebrate achievements women have made in the last century.</p><p>Mandy Keller Rodriquez was one of dozens who participated at a rally in downtown Grand Rapids.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We might feel equal or be okay here, in this little portion in Grand Rapids. I&rsquo;m not saying we are but &ndash; with this being an international event we&rsquo;re saying we know that there are women out there that don&rsquo;t have it as good as we do or have the voice that we do.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Ruth Stein says obviously&nbsp;women in the U.S. have made huge progress. But she points out many inequalities still exist.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;As long as mothers have a harder time getting hired, as long as women don&rsquo;t get paid as much, and long as that is seen as something as a women&rsquo;s problem and not as a man&rsquo;s problem, or a family&rsquo;s problem &ndash; then there&rsquo;s a measure of inequality and we still need to be out here working for this sort of thing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Hundreds of people checked in</a> at rallies in Big Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:56:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1556 at Hundreds in Michigan rally on 100th Annual International Women’s Day