'A Day Without A Woman' in Portland on International Women's Day

On this International Women's Day, many are choosing to celebrate by showing people what our world would be like without women. Organizers called it, "A Day Without A Woman."

It's being put together by the same people who led the Women's March on Washington that followed the Inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Organizers say the point of "A Day Without A Woman" is for people to recognize the value women add to our socioeconomic system, while experiencing inequities, such as lower wages and discrimination. Organizers say you can participate in one or all of the following ways:

  • Take the day off
  • Avoid shopping for the day unless you're supporting small, women-owned or minority-owned business
  • Wear red in solidarity
  • Use #DayWithoutAWoman to spread the word

There were several local events in Portland celebrating International Women's Day.

This morning, the Multnomah County Elections building got renamed in honor of Oregon women suffrage movement activists, Abigail Scott Duniway and Esther Pohl Lovejoy.

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith led the festivities.

"It means so much. Now we finally got the recognition that we should on how we got the women's vote in Oregon," Smith said.

Oregon's first female governor was also on hand. Governor Barbara Roberts helped fight for the renaming. She always looked up to Duniway, and literally did so for six years when her portrait hung from Roberts' office when she served as Secretary of State.

"I was inspired by the incredible fortitude of these women who just fought and fought and fought and would not give up until women had the vote," Roberts said.

A local Girl Scouts troop led the group in the pledge of allegiance. Twelve-year-old Molly Ruff was among the group hoping to name the Tilikum Crossing Bridge after Duniway. That effort failed but Ruff feels she has succeeded. She hopes this sends a strong message to other young women her age.

"I hope it inspires them to go out and really work on something they believe in," Ruff said.

Just across the street, the groups Portland Women Against Hate and the Portland Democratic Socialists of America hosted a workshop to teach women how to get more involved in politics.

"We hope to demonstrate to the men in our lives how integral we are to the everyday processes and what it looks like when they don't have our support, which is often invisible and taken for granted," organizer Cari Luna said.

There was also "A Day Without A Woman" hike in the West Hills. The group trekked from the Portland Audubon Nature store on NW Cornell to Pittock Mansion.

Organizers says it's a great way to public support for women across the world.

"I think that the way we show that is to show the world what it would be like without us and what it would be like to work without all the helpful people and all the things we do," organizer Siobhan Sullivan said.

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