Simmons Celebrates International Women’s Day

March 11, 2015

Lydia Edwards speaking at IWD 2015 to panelists Jacqueline Cooke, Sheila Katzman, and Anjali Sakaria.

More than 100 attendees convened at Simmons College Friday, March 6 to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme of “Making Women’s Rights Real.”

This is the 18th consecutive year that organizations from across Boston have come together to plan this event; Simmons has hosted the event since 2001.
Speakers included:

  • Jacqueline Cooke, Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor
  • Sheila Patsy Katzman, Chair NYC Cities for CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women)
  • Lydia Edwards, Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Anjali Sakaria, Legislative Director and Legal Counsel, Office of Senate Chair, MA Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

Attendees representing more than 50 organizations including Big Sister of Boston, Girls LEAP, YWCA Boston, and Science Club for Girls came to hear speakers discuss women’s rights and the effort to enact a women’s bill of rights. Speakers also discussed equal pay for equal work, earned sick time, paid family leave, and the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

“Simmons College is proud to continue to host this important event,” said Diane Hammer, director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. “International Women’s Day gives us all a chance to focus attention on the issues that are important to women and girls.”

International Women’s Day, March 8, has been observed for more than 100 years by countries and women’s organizations around the world. Thousands events are held each year on or around this date to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

(Top: Lydia Edwards speaking at IWD 2015 to panelists Jacqueline Cooke, Sheila Katzman, and Anjali Sakaria. Below: (left to right) Vanessa Calaban, Ceferina Murrell, Mia Roberts; Anjali Sakaria, Sheila Katzman, Lydia Edwards; Homelyne Augustin, Laurie Taymor-Berry, Gloria Fox. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)