Women March for Equality on International Women's Day (photos)
International Women's Day, which takes place every year on March 8, commemorates the movement for women's rights. The theme for International Women's Day 2017 was "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030."
The event's goals include calling attention to the economic power and value of women and spotlighting inequities they face. Women were asked to wear red and refrain from work if possible, under the banner: "A Day Without a Woman." Many area schools closed for the day due to a lack of teachers reporting for class.
A midday march to the White House targeted the so-called "global gag rule," a United States government policy that blocks U.S. federal funding for nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services. The rule has been a favorite of every Republican administration since 1984.
A late-afternoon "Women Workers Rising" rally for "Dignity, Equality, and Respect" originated at the U.S. Department of Labor and proceeded to John Marshall Park on Pennsylvania Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets NW. Organizers were calling all women and allies to come and stand in solidarity with women workers — to seek an end to workplace violence and harassment and to promote pay equity, one fair living wage, paid leave and labor rights.
Notable participants included Eleanor Smeal, a leader of the modern-day American feminist movement; Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; and Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity.
View Jeff Malet's photos of the women's rallies and marches in Washington, D.C., on International Women's Day by clicking on the photo icons below.