R 098
2018 -- H 7933
Enacted 03/08/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Tanzi, Morgan, Ruggiero, Hearn, and Fogarty
Date Introduced: March 08, 2018

     WHEREAS, International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s, 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 82 percent of what men earn; and
     WHEREAS, In 2018, the United Nations has declared the theme for this year's
International Women's Day celebration as "#PressForProgress." Fueled by the #MeToo
Movement and #TimesUp, now more than ever there is global, national and local momentum
striving for gender parity; and
     WHEREAS, This year Rhode Island has chosen to honor Tina Goncalves, Rhode Island's
first female local police chief. Chief Goncalves was recently appointed Chief of the Pawtucket
Police Department; and
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives 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
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby recognizes March 8, 2018, as "International
Women's Day" in the State of Rhode Island; 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, the Honorable Gina Raimondo.