Community continues to celebrate women
COLUMBIA — March Madness and St. Patrick's day festivities usually start and stop with March. But women's activism events kicked off in November and are still going strong months later.
It's been two months since the nationwide Women's March, which became the largest public protest in American history. More than 2 million people took to the streets in Washington, D.C and cities small and large on Jan. 21 to protest a new administration and women's rights. The same organizers followed up with A Day Without a Woman on March 8th for International Women's Day. The organizers said it was about showing economic solidarity through walkouts, rallies and marches.
Women activists are continuing to promote causes and discuss issues in Columbia. Many groups planned the events to coincide with Women's History Month.
The Women's Leadership Conference was held Saturday on MU's campus. The annual event brings mid-Missouri women together to talk about women's leadership issues such as networking, education, empowerment and diversity. The keynote speaker was Sandra Kim, the Found of Everyday Feminism, a platform for women empowerment issues.
The MU Department of Student Activities hosted an event later in the evening with Issa Rae, who is the creator and star of the HBO series "Insecure" and the creator and star of the YouTube series "Awkward Black Girl."
Next up, a free luncheon program to discuss the status of women in Missouri.The guest speaker will talk about the recently published "The Status of Women in Missouri" report which details disparities in poverty rates, employment, and health.
According to the Status of women in the States report, Women ranked 30th against other states for employment and earnings and 44th for reproductive rights in 2015.
Missouri Report Card Summary for 2015
|Employment & Earnings||30||C-|
|Poverty & Opportunity||32||D+|
|Health & Well-Being||41||D|
|Work & Family||28||C-|