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Evanston, Ill.

International Women's Day Breakfast Celebration

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore in collaboration with Northwestern University Women’s Center and the Woman’s Club of Evanston, celebrated their second annual International Women’s Day breakfast featuring keynote speaker Karen DeCrow, Past President of NOW, feminist, attorney, author, activist and one of the most celebrated leaders of the women’s movement.

“Feminism is one of the greatest exports from America to the world.” said Decrow "It's not enough to be only concerned with one's family life and jobs. We have to, every one of us, be active in politics, in legislative activity, in groups that change society to make it equal for women and men."

In addition to Karen DeCrow, discussing The Gender Agenda: Is It Gaining Momentum?,  there was also a panel of specialists from Evanston that discussed  health care, reproductive rights, violence against women, economic empowerment, and initiatives that will provide security for women and girls throughout Illinois.

“Today is a day to celebrate; it is also a day to listen, learn and reflect” said Karen Singer, President & CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “And while we must acknowledge how much has changed, we also know there is still so much that needs to be done to achieve gender equity and an end to violence against women. Today also represents a call to action: it is an opportunity to link our arms and raise our collective voices to work together to harness the power and strength of women and girls so they can reach their fullest and highest potential.”

YWCA Evanston’s International Women’s Day Breakfast kicked off with a speech from keynote speaker Karen DeCrow, Past President of NOW, feminist, attorney, author, activist and one of the most celebrated leaders of the women’s movement.
This year’s event drew over 150 women to reflect globally and connect locally on women’s issues.  Participants learned more details about International Women’s Day and issues facing women and girls around the world, heard updates from the YWCA Evanston/North Shore about their community conversations exploring the status of Evanston women and girls and participated in roundtable discussions about how the community can connect to create positive change for women and girls.

“It is time,” said Singer, “in fact, it is long overdue since International Women’s Day has been recognized for well over a century, that our communities join with millions across our globe to collectively reflect on the economic, political and social progress women have made both globally and locally. Given the participation here today, almost double that of last year, I think I can safely say, the attendees think it is about time as well!

To learn more about the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, visit www.ywca.org/evanston