R 102
2017 -- S 0535
Enacted 03/08/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Nesselbush, Paiva Weed, Calkin, Coyne, and Morgan
Date Introduced: March 08, 2017

     WHEREAS, International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's, at a
time when women's oppression and inequality were causing women to become more vocal,
active, and demanding of change; and
     WHEREAS, The first National Women's Day was observed in the United States on
February 28, 1909, in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York City, where women
protested and demanded shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights; and
     WHEREAS, The first countries to honor International Women's Day in 1911 were
Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, where together more than one million women and
men attended International Women's Day rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote,
hold public office, and to end discrimination in general; and
     WHEREAS, In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, once and for all,
throughout the world, March 8th as International Women's Day, a day that is celebrated in the
Unites States and worldwide; and
     WHEREAS, International Women's Day has more recently assumed a new, global
dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike; and
     WHEREAS, Gender parity remains elusive in that the World Economic Forum predicted
in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. One year later, in 2015, due
to a slowdown in the pace of progress that same group indicated that the gender gap wouldn't
close entirely until 2133; and
     WHEREAS, According to the United States Department of Labor, among full-time
workers, women still earn less than men, earning 83 percent of what men earn; and
     WHEREAS, In 2017, the United Nations has declared the theme for this year's
International Women's Day celebration: "Be Bold For Change"; and this year Rhode Island has
chosen to honor the first female Colonel of the Rhode Island State Police and our state's elite
group of female fire fighters; and
     WHEREAS, Law enforcement and firefighting continue to be non-traditional careers for
women. Nationally, only 7 percent of the nation's fire fighters are women, and in Rhode Island, of
the 20 full-time fire departments, only 1.75 percent of their collective staff is female. In fact, there
here are still several Rhode Island municipalities that do not have a single female fire fighter;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby recognizes the elite, few women who have blazed trails and burned down barriers in these
non-traditional careers, and encourages all citizens to celebrate and pay tribute to the
contributions of these women nationally and in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby recognizes March 8, 2017, as "International
Women's Day"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the first woman Governor of the State of Rhode
Island, Governor Gina Raimondo.