President Trump finished his first year in office being exposed as an abuser of women. He announced his misogynistic agenda to overturn Roe v. Wade and deny women control of their bodies. In response, women and girls over the planet shouted: throw out the abusers and the predators, resist male control of all societies and build a movement to stop the age-old discrimination, violence, and harassment of the 51% of the planet that is female.

International Women’s Day should be on everyone’s calendar this year. 2018 saw the strengthening of the “Me Too” movement when millions of women and girls throughout the world, and those who love them, raised their voices to say “enough.”

Since the Russian Revolution in 1917, many countries have celebrated International Women’s Day to remind us all that the world would be a safer, healthier, more prosperous, saner, freer, and more beautiful planet if girls and women were allowed to participate with men in the building of a better world. I remember on one special March 8th, a Moldovan student at Burlington College charmed many women by bringing flowers to celebrate the day as he remembered it in Moldova and Russia. In the United States, March 8th has been only a normal, ordinary day. We were saddened by the neglect of our country towards IWD and resolved to alter that neglect by establishing the holiday here.

And so, International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day at Burlington High School from 5:30-7:30 to celebrate “Me Too” and to honor the achievements, hopes, and dreams of women.

This year’s honorees chosen by the IWD committee are: Sue Gillis, publisher of Vermont Woman; Barbara Jordan, Fitness Expert; Dolly Fleming, Executive Director of Mercy Connections; and, in absentia, Tarana Burke the founder of “Me Too.”

The Guest speaker will be Robin Lloyd, a longtime peace activist, feminist, and leading member of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom, an organization which since the First World War has connected women to anti-war movements and which has argued that if women had power to make real decisions, there would be a lot fewer wars.

Join us at Burlington High School on March 7th at 5:30pm to honor “Me Too” and to together imagine a world where women and girls are equal and free.