Richmond Celebrates International Women’s Day, 2013

Photo Essay • David Meza

In 2008 Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and her staff, in conjunction with numerous local organizations and community members, organized the city’s first annual International Women’s Day celebration. The event, called Women in Solidarity: Honoring Self, Honoring Community, was an opportunity for women to network and celebrate their collective struggles and victories.

Continuing the tradition, this year’s event was held on March 9, 2013 and was titled, Sisters in Solidarity: Promoting Peace and Well Being Across Generations and Cultures. Approximately 300 people were expected to attend for a day of networking and round-table discussions with co-sponsoring organizations, performances by local women artists of different ages, inspiring speakers, and a walk for health.

This year the keynote speaker was Dolores Huerta, who spoke about her life growing up, the horrific struggles women of her generation have had to overcome, how much things have changed, and how much more women can do and be recognized for today.

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