International Women's Day is a global celebration of women and their achievements and contributions throughout history. It's also a stark reminder there is still much work to be done for true gender equality to become a reality.
Photographer Olivia Paschkes spent International Women's Day at Washington Square Park in NYC and shared her experience with Good Trouble.
Seas of red included women of all walks of life – from Jewish grandmothers who showed up to support Palestine to undocumented students fighting for university protection to sex workers who came to check the intersectionality of the movement.
The need for intersectionality in the movement was a theme that echoed throughout the day. It seems that finally, more than ever, people are beginning to understand feminism that doesn't include all women isn't feminism.
Leading feminist group in China, Feminist Voices, had their Weibo social media account deleted shortly after a post that encouraged the Women's Strike in the US.
Sex workers invited to speak quoted Janet Mock: "I know sex work to be work. It’s not something I need to tiptoe around. It’s not a radical statement. It’s a fact." After telling their stories, these women invited the audience to question their own values – "if you consider our work to be immoral, ask yourself about the immorality of Wall Street, of police violence, of letting children in Flint continue to be poisoned by lead in the water. Those are more productive concerns then worrying about what I do with my own body."
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