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Tue March 8, 2011
Hundreds in Michigan rally on 100th Annual International Women’s Day
On the first International Women’s Day in 1911, thousands petitioned for women’s rights to vote and end discrimination in the workplace. Now it’s a mix. Participants hope to close the remaining gaps where they exist and celebrate achievements women have made in the last century.
Mandy Keller Rodriquez was one of dozens who participated at a rally in downtown Grand Rapids.
“We might feel equal or be okay here, in this little portion in Grand Rapids. I’m not saying we are but – with this being an international event we’re saying we know that there are women out there that don’t have it as good as we do or have the voice that we do.”
Ruth Stein says obviously women in the U.S. have made huge progress. But she points out many inequalities still exist.
“As long as mothers have a harder time getting hired, as long as women don’t get paid as much, and long as that is seen as something as a women’s problem and not as a man’s problem, or a family’s problem – then there’s a measure of inequality and we still need to be out here working for this sort of thing.”
Hundreds of people checked in at rallies in Big Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor.