R 101
2021 -- H 6106
Enacted 03/04/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Donovan, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Ruggiero, Carson, Cortvriend, Ackerman, Serpa, Vella-Wilkinson, and Kazarian

Date Introduced: March 04, 2021

     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, 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, with more than one million women and men
attending International Women's Day rallies, demanding women's rights including the right to
work, vote, to hold public office, and an end to discrimination in general; and
     WHEREAS, In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 8th as
International Women's Day throughout the world, a day that is celebrated in the United States and
globally; and
     WHEREAS, International Women's Day has grown exponentially, nationally and
internationally, in developed and developing countries alike; and
     WHEREAS, The United Nations declared the 2021 theme for the International Women's
Day to be #ChooseToChallenge, inspiring all to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and
inequality, and to also choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements in order to help
create an inclusive world; and
     WHEREAS, In a world where gender parity and equality remain elusive, the world will
continue to see sweeping and revolutionary movements like #TimesUp and the #MeToo
Movements; and
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
recognizes March 8, 2021, as "International Women's Day" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island.