R 154
2023 -- H 6134
Enacted 03/07/2023

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Tanzi, Fogarty, Shallcross Smith, Ajello, Felix, Ackerman, Diaz, Serpa, Shekarchi, and Blazejewski

Date Introduced: March 07, 2023

     WHEREAS, International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s, at a
time when women's oppression and inequality were spurring 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, during which women protested and demanded shorter work hours, better pay,
and voting rights; and
     WHEREAS, In 1911, the first countries to honor International Women's Day 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, and hold public office, and to put 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 both developed and developing countries alike; and
     WHEREAS, The United Nations declared the 2023 theme for International Women's Day
to be #EmbraceEquity, inspiring all to imagine a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes,
and discrimination, and a world in which "gender equality needs to be part of every society's
DNA"; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
recognizes March 8, 2023, 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 Honorable Daniel McKee, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island.