The following is Mayor Sefatia’s message from this morning and tonight, the light at City Hall tower is shining red in honor of International Women’s Day.

“Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for women to take action helping to show unity and strength, with many also participating in “A Day Without Woman” which asks women take the day off from their job.

Here in Gloucester, we ask people to wear red to show support and for those of us who cannot afford to take the day off, we will be sounding the bells at Gloucester City Hall at 12 Noon and lighting the tower red. At that time, we will be taking a moment of silence to honor all women. If you are with another woman at 12 Noon, please show appreciation directly. Though many are asked not to shop today, if you are, please shop locally today and support businesses owned by women. By recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system and taking actions in solidarity with other community, we are proud of all women and we remind all in our community to cherish one another today. Thank you!”


  • Karen Pischke BSN, RN

    Thanks Kim! Though this post comes with the day mostly over, seems I’ve been celebrating all day. Even unintentionally wearing red and un-expectantly with a day ‘off.’ :O Some companies even gave all their female employees the day off. Solidarity is always helpful, whether for women’s rights, human rights or animal rights. God knows, the world cannot function without men too! Community support seems a mainstay in Gloucester and one of the many reasons I feel proud to live here. Thank you Mayor Sefatia!


  • What most folks don’t quite understand is that every day should be International Women’s Day. Many women who work in the “getting paid” world also have to come home and perform work at home; raising their children, cooking, shopping, driving the kids to events, cleaning, and the list goes on and on. Many of us men (and I’m am the most guilty) come home after our “hard day at work: and kick back in the recliner or head off to the gym or other such things. Now I know I’m generalizing but let’s be honest… many women never get that break. So… in my mind each and everyday our women should be recognized for all their enormous contributions to the world, community and family.

    I salute you all and my wife does a good job of reminding me that every day is International Women’s Day! 😉

    Just a thought from an old fat guy.


  • Very important we honor this day! Well said! 🙂 Dave & Kim


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