International Women's Day Makes History

Bismarck - In the last year, women have made big strides toward equality...from #MeToo, to the Time's Up movement... now a record amount of women running for U.S. congress.

Emily Medalen tells us why today is extra meaningful for women across the country.
It's International Women's Day.
So many women have made their voices heard in the past several months-

That's why many think this year's celebration will be the biggest since Women's Day started over 100 years ago.
Today, millions of women across the globe are standing in solidarity to Press for Progress.

"It's such a powerful day," says Kristie Wolff, Executive Director, ND Women's Network.

The women have spoken - and it's no secret what the end game is. 

"It's about equality," says Wolff.

Those I spoke with said International Women's Day is more meaningful now than ever before.

"We've seen so much momentum this year. On a global level, and on a national level," says Wolff.

Movements like #MeToo and Time's Up have brought forth women from all walks of life-
Now, the number of women to run for U.S. Congress is expected to be record breaking.
In North Dakota though, only 18% of the legislature is represented by women.

"We know that there are more men in office currently. So we're just looking at equal representation. Having those women's voices at the table," says Wolff.
"It's just great to have diversity to better represent what our population actually is," says Amber Larson, Mandan City Commission Candidate.

"This is not about women vs. men. It never has been," says Wolff.

She says the female population isn't alone in pressing for change.

"We see not only women coming to the table, but men coming to the table to encourage the empowerment of women," says Wolff.

As activists around the world come together, they say they won't give up on pressing for progress.

"It's a great opportunity to bring more energy into the mix," says Larson.
"It's just so powerful - the things that we can do if we have that voice at the table," says Wolff.

The color purple was chosen because it symbolizes dignity and justice-two important goals that IWD aims to achieve for all women in all parts of the world.

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