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Atlanta Participates In 'A Day Without A Woman'

Mar 8, 2017

Atlanta is among the cities taking part in "International Women's Day," an annual event that shines a light on the achievements women have made.

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In addition to being International Women's Day, it's also "A Day Without a Woman." Some women are skipping work as a way to show the importance they play in everyday life. The initiative is modeled after the recent "A Day Without Immigrants" when many people not born in the U.S. took the day off from their jobs. Lisa Anderson is the executive director of the organization Atlanta Women for Equality

She did go to work today, because she says her job supports the point "A Day Without a Woman" is trying to make. 

“We have opened the dialogue much more and that’s absolutely crucial for us to keep moving in the right direction," she said. "So, yes, I think we have made some very substantial progress, but we still have a long way to go."

Gigi Stetler, who has been an entrepreneur for 30 years, agrees some progress has been made over the years for women, but she still sees discrimination frequently.

“The first thing they say to me is ‘Can I talk to the service manager, the man, or does your husband own this place?’," she said. "It’s every single day, that’s how I’m greeted by customers."

A rally and march celebrating "A Day Without a Woman" takes place starting at 5:30 p.m. at Candler Park.

“We’re advocating for people to volunteer, to kind of see if running for office is something that they would want to do,” said Rebekah Joy Harvey, an organizer of the event.

The first "National Woman's Day" was held in 1909.