“A Day Without A Woman” planned for March 8

daywithoutwomanncEditor’s note: I received this press release from Sheila Cameron, who is one of the organizers of “A Day Without A Woman”:

“A Day Without A Woman” and “International Women’s Day” in Nevada County will be celebrated in our own unique way, highlighting the power of women in our local economy, recognizing female owned businesses in rural counties, and stepping up for the rights of all.

We carry on the historical role of this area: 148 years ago, Nevada City resident Ellen Clark Sargent became a national leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. Since then, innumerable other local women have taken on the task and national women’s leaders recognize the area as an activist hub.

Indivisible Women Nevada County (IWNC) knows how much work still needs to be done and welcomes a new era of female leadership as we organize around this action March 8, 2017.

Take the day, take the power!

We will create a positive model & force for gender equality in our county and beyond. There are many way to do this, as diverse as womanhood.

IWNC and Women’s March participants invite Nevada County businesses to celebrate International Women’s Day by considering bold action to highlight specific issues women face around the world and in our own small towns.

As we celebrate our sisterhood, let’s join in giving voice to those who may not have one and support local businesses that support gender equality, diversity, and push for change. Our sizeable economic power in the area gives us a clear seat at the table. On March 8, please consider what you’d like to say with that power and activate new ways to flex the muscle we have in our community.

Women’s March “Day without Women” offers the following guidelines:

1. Women TAKE THE DAY off, from paid and unpaid labor

2. Support local and small women- and minority-owned businesses

3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

Nevada County, with its large number of businesses owned and run by women, offers a unique opportunity for locals to model better practices for the Sacramento area. We encourage women from around Northern California to join us.

We are home to hundreds of small businesses owned by women and will share information on how to support women- and minority-owned local businesses on that day. We will publicly salute women-owned businesses that opt to close that day, and support any business that takes bold action by closing in solidarity or offering the day off to honor their female employees.

We have a list of ideas on how to observe the day and will share participating business information across our platforms and media outreach. There are also events and fundraisers scheduled to support our shared values.

International Women’s Day site states: “Each one of us — with women, men and non-binary people joining forces — can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”

For more information on how to participate as a business or volunteer contact Deborah Cohen at motherlodejones@gmail.com

About Nevada City and the 19th Amendment

At the height of the Gold Rush in the 1850s, Nevada City, with a population of 10,000, was the third largest city in the state of California, after San Francisco and Sacramento. Later, in the 1860’s and 1870’s Nevada City would become equally as formidable in its politics when Ellen Clark Sargent and her husband, Senator Aaron A. Sargent resided in Nevada City. It was here in 1878, Senator Sargent, his wife, Ellen Clark Sargent, and their friend, Susan B. Anthony, penned the 29 words in that would later become the 19th Amendment in Nevada City.

The bill calling for that amendment would be introduced unsuccessfully each year for the next forty years until August 26, 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. The face of the American electorate was changed forever with Nevada City residents playing a significant role in codifying women’s voting rights.

About Indivisible Women Nevada County

IWNC is a results-oriented collective of women who are committed to engaging more fully at local, state and national levels to transform our political process. The group, now over 2100 women strong, is made up of women volunteering to improve our current political environment. We come from every walk of life and welcome all women to join us as we move into action together—indivisible.

For more information, visit indivisiblewomen.org and womensmarch.com/womensday

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on ““A Day Without A Woman” planned for March 8”

  1. I enthusiastically support the effort and hope tomorrow proves to be a great day, but some clarity about the 19th Amendment seems in order.

    Although Susan B. Anthony did, indeed, become a good friend of Aaron & Ellen Sargent, she did not come to Nevada City in 1878 to collaborate on the words that eventually became the 19th Amendment. In fact, it was in January of 1878 that Sargent introduced the words in the senate that became the 19th Amendment in 1920. But the Amendment is boilerplate language.

    In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified. It reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

    The 19th Amendment –– exactly as Sargent introduced it in 1878 ––reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

    Believe me, I’m not trying to diminish the role of the Sargents in any way. In fact, I have often written and lectured about the effort Aaron and Ellen made on behalf of women’s suffrage. But there was no meeting in Nevada City in 1878, nor were the words of the 19th Amendment arrived at after some sort of collaboration between the Sargents and SBA.

    Also, it’s interesting to note that the man chosen by his committee chair in 1869 to write the final version of what became the 15th Amendment was William Morris Stewart, then a senator from Nevada.

    Stewart was Nevada County’s second district attorney and Sargent was the county’s fourth district attorney.

    So two of Nevada County’s first four DAs wrote two of the most important voting rights acts in the nation’s history. That’s a legacy I suspect no other small town can match.

    Good luck tomorrow –– hope it’s a big success.

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