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Join the Postcard Campaign

On Tuesday, March 8, make your voice heard during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Join HWS and universities across upstate New York in a postcard writing campaign to bring attention to women’s issues and call for change.

Throughout the day, students in the Women’s Studies Senior Seminar will table in the Scandling Campus Center as part of the postcard campaign. Postcards will be available to all, providing a forum for all to express their desire for gender rights, equality and justice.

“This upstate New York postcard campaign draws on traditions of generations of women around the world who have raised their voices to make public demands for change – in which, upstate New York’s women’s rights movement played a significant role,” explains Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer, who has helped to plan the Rochester celebration of International Women’s Day. “This postcard campaign recognizes, as women did then, that what happens locally in upstate happens globally, too. “

The completed postcards will be sent to the offices of Valerie Jarrett, chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and now Head of United Nations Agency for Women, and Melanne Veereer, U. S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. 

Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges join the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, the United National Association of Rochester and colleges throughout upstate New York to celebrate International Women’s Day. As part of the day’s events, all participating institutions will have International Women’s Day displays and the postcard signing campaign in their student unions.

The committee thanks all who add their voices to the 100th anniversary of calls for change postcard campaign; for support, the committee also thanks Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Young Memorial Trust for International Peace and Understanding and the Office of the President, Mark Gearan.

For more information on the Rochester celebration of International Women’s Day, visit