Today is International Women’s Day (March 8, every year), commemorating and celebrating women’s achievements and the movement for women’s rights. The earliest women’s day appears to have been in February 1909, when thousands of women marched in New York demanding higher wages, shorter hours, and voting rights. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member nations to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. The UN theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.” The website internationalwomensday.com has chosen the theme #PressforProgress as its campaign theme for this year.
HSPRD continues to be active in litigating for women’s rights, including by challenging unequal pay and discriminatory hiring and promotion practices and representing women subjected to sexual harassment, labor trafficking, and sexual violence. In addition, HSPRD partners with organizations, including Women Employed, to advocate for systemic change on issues such as raising the minimum wage and requiring employers to offer paid sick time, issues crucial to working women. HSPRD is committed to continuing to fight for equality for women and honors our brave clients who have been willing to challenge their mistreatment.