2011 marks 100 year anniversary of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrations in Williams Lake this month will include a dinner with entertainment, as well as a business fair for local women who either own or manage home-based or store-front businesses, says Margaret Tucker, the Women’s Contact Society’s legal advocate.

International Women’s Day celebrations in Williams Lake this month will include a dinner with entertainment, as well as a business fair for local women who either own or manage home-based or store-front businesses, says Margaret Tucker, the Women’s Contact Society’s legal advocate.

Entertainment celebrating this 100th anniversary year of International Women’s Day will include five different women singing five different genres of music.

A story will also be read from the book Gumption and Grit, which the Women’s Contact Centre commissioned to recognize some of the women who have been instrumental in building the Cariboo Chilcotin. The event happens at Beeotcheese Bistro and Bakery on Tuesday, March 8. 

The business fair starts at 5 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6 p.m. followed by the entertainment.

Advanced tickets are required and available at the Women’s Contact Society for $25 each. Limited seating is available.

International Women’s Day grew from women’s struggles starting in the early 1900s when women were deep in the struggle for the right to vote, the right to work for fair and equal pay, shorter working hours, the right to free expression and respect which was often denied them in society.

Around the world women picked up the struggle and the lobby for peace and an end to poverty.