March 5, 2001 Geneva, N.Y.—Members of the Hobart and William Smith community will join the Global Women’s Strike for Economic Equality on International Women's Day, Thursday, March 8. Participants will leave campus buildings at 11:30 a.m., and meet on the steps of Coxe Hall. The strike will be followed by a rally at noon in the Warren Hunting Smith Library atrium, with Third Wave Foundation activist Julie Shah.
The Global Women's Strike seeks a world that values all women's work and all women's lives, through the relief of poverty and elimination of the 25-50 percent gap between men's and women's wages. The Global Women's Strike has launched an international pay equity petition as a measure against multinational corporations' ability to routinely underpay its labor force, both women and men. Other Strike demands include paid maternity leave, abolition of the “Third World debt,” accessible clean water, healthcare, housing, transportation, and protection from violence.
Last year, women in 64 countries joined the first Global Women's Strike, demanding economic and social justice for women in villages and cities worldwide who do two-thirds of the world's work for 5 percent of the world's income. The Strike was initiated in 1999 by women in Ireland, and became global when it was taken up by the International Wages for Housework Campaign and International Women Count Network.
The Third Wave Foundation networks, informs, and financially supports young women around the country in an effort to combat inequalities that result from age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education. Third Wave strives to connect young women to the resources necessary to counter attacks on their personal freedoms.