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Listen to Women for a Real Change!

Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs

By Grace Lee Boggs
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Detroit’s international Women’s Day Celebration on March 9 at the UAW-GM Center was more moving and revealing than any of the many IWD celebrations in which I have participated over the years.

Co-hosted by the UAW Women’s Department and the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, the celebration brought together hundreds of women from many different walks of life and generations.

The theme was “Listen to Women for a Real Change!”

In addition to short talks by UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and myself, the celebration featured a series of workshops that demonstrated women are the ones who are needed to give leadership on the many critical issues now facing everyone in our city and country:

  • Taking back our households
  • Re-imagining education
  • Creating peace circles: From war zones to peace zones
  • Making a splash at the ballot box
  • Money matters
  • What’s love got to do with it? (HIV)
  • Seeing past Hell and onto hope

Workshop leaders included Andre A Jackson, Julia Putnam, Conja Wright, Bonnie Smith, Deb Kozol, Stephanie Purvis, Wanda Latham and Rev. Sandra Simmons.

In all the workshops, it became clear that women are effective leaders because we/they have ways of communicating, caring and compromising that are especially needed at this time on the clock of the world.

The celebration concluded with a multigenerational conversation.

The IWD organizers will be meeting March 20 at 5 p.m. at Solidarity House, 8000 E. Jefferson, Detroit.

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