International Women's Day and 'A Day Without a Woman' rally held in Sacramento

International Women's Day supporters took to the east steps of the Capitol building Wednesday as many of the participants wore read clothing as a sign of revolution, standing in solidarity, and demanding equal rights for women everywhere.

Since the early 1900's, International Women's Day has been celebrated annually, worldwide, on the 8th of March. 

On Wednesday, International Women's Day supporters in Sacramento took to the east steps of the Capitol building. Many of the participants wore read clothing as a sign of revolution, standing in solidarity, and demanding equal rights for women everywhere. 

Every year the day has a theme. This year was "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030" along with the hashtag #BeBoldForChange. Many of the speakers at the rally said the current administration was restricting the rights of women and widening the gender gap. 

Some of the women at the rally also participated in "A Day Without a Woman." This demonstration asked participants to stay home from work and refrain from buy anything for the day. This particular protest shed light on the value of women in the economy, despite inequality in the workplace. 

During the rally, Cathy Ballantine held a banner that read "women's rights are human rights." She said he is standing up for all women around the globe.

"We are uniting together and we are showing that we are great in numbers and we have a lot of power in holding up our society," Ballantine said. 

In support of the national protest "A Day Without a Woman", Former Soviet Union immigrant, Veronika Kolesnikov, said she was standing up the current administration. She said these protests are important for change.

"Not everyone has a voice, epically if we have a voice, we have to look for other people and be able to be their voice," Kolesnikov said. 

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