When Women Set the Agenda

March 23, 2016

Marie St. Fleur at the podium engaging the women of the panel Megan Costello, Michelle Wu, Nai Collymore-Henry, and Genevieve Nadeau.

Simmons Celebrates International Women's Day

More than 160 esteemed guests and panelists gathered at Simmons College to celebrate IWD with the theme of equal pay, paid family leave, and childcare.

With Women’s History Month in full swing, Simmons College hosted a packed audience on March 8 for the 19th annual Boston-area International Women’s Day Celebration. Simmons has hosted the event since 2001.

Guests included female activists and community leaders who gathered to listen to a panel discussion on the importance of gender equality, equal pay; paid family leave; child care; and called for the passing of a gender equity bill.

Among the prominent panelists were:

Panelists and attendees alike joined the conversation on social media during the conference using #BOSIWD and #IWD2016.

Attendees had the chance to participate and listen to an engaging, information discussion among women leaders in government, research, and advocacy. One of the prominent features of the gender equity bill is that it would ban employers from taking away time spent on maternity leave from the total wage calculations based on seniority, allowing for fines of up to $1,000 if violated.

The celebration featured attendees representing many different organizations from all around the Boston area including Big Sister Association for Greater Boston, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, and has been recognized for more than 100 years by countries and women’s organizations around the world. Each year, thousands of events are held on this date to serve as inspiration for women everywhere, as well as to celebrate their great achievements. 

(Top: Marie St. Fleur at the podium engaging the women of the panel Megan Costello, Michelle Wu, Nai Collymore-Henry, and Genevieve Nadeau. Below: (left to right) Michelle Wu, Megan Costello, Nai Collymore-Henry, Genevieve Nadeau, Marie St. Fleur; Attendees of the Boston-area IWD celebration; Executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls, Siiri Morley asks the panel a question. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)

Women of the Boston-area IWD panel, from left to right: Michelle Wu, Megan Costello, Nai Collymore-Henry, Genevieve Nadeau, Marie St. Fleur.Attendees of the Boston-area IWD celebration.Executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls, Siiri Morley asks the panel a question.