YWCA Minneapolis Children, Parents and Staff March for Women’s Equality
On March 8, more than 400 children, teachers, staff and parents marched at four of the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers to recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity. Children, teachers, staff and parents wore red in solidarity with those participating in and supporting the strike.
International Women’s Day and A Day Without A Woman Strike
The strike coincided with International Women’s Day, which began in 1908 when thousands of women gathered in New York City to demand better working conditions, better pay and the right to vote.
Children, teachers and staff chanted:
One, Two……Mommy I Love You!
Three, Four…………Women Need More!
Five, Six…………Get in the Mix!
Seven, Eight…………Women are Great!
Nine, Ten…………Let’s Do it Again!
Children’s signs proclaimed: “We March for All Women”, “The Future is Female”, “I Would Not Be Here Without My Mommy” and “We Love Moms”.
Here is what some of the participants had to say:
“This is an amazing thing for women to stand together as a united front.” – Teacher at Hubbs
“We are so empowered today, and everyday!” – Parent at Hubbs
“It was an event to remember.” – Parent at Midtown
“Maybe this march should be done every year.” – Parent at Midtown
“We march for the women we love.” – Preschool class at Midtown
“Thank you so much for doing this march.” – Parent at Downtown