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Celebrating women, their work, contributions, and history

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City Council

National Women’s History month is an opportunity to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of all women and girls who have built, shaped and improved our City, Commonwealth and Nation.

International Women's Day has roots in the labor movement and recognizes woman workers organizing for better working conditions and fair treatment. The empowerment of all working women in their homes, their workplaces, and in their communities is linked to generating equitable economic status, sustainable democracy and inclusive security.

This week, the Council adopted a resolution designating March as Women’s History Month and March 8th as International Women’s Day.

Throughout history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship. Our history is also filled with examples of the unfailing bravery and grit of women in the City of Boston, particularly in times of crisis and emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Far too often, their efforts and their stories have gone untold or underappreciated — especially those of Black and Brown women, immigrant women, transgender women and others from diverse communities who have strengthened our communities across every generation.

Women have been and continue to be leaders in the forefront of social change efforts, business, science, government, math, art, literature, music, film, athletics, and represent approximately half of the workforce of the United States.

The Council honors the countless contributions of all women in creating a more equitable and just society for all, and recognizes women human rights defenders and leaders who have worked throughout history to ensure that all women are guaranteed equality, equity, justice and basic human rights.