WILPF tea celebrates women

Dozens of people came out on International Women’s Day to honor young, local writers. On Saturday March 8, the Rogue Valley branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) hosted a tea and the winners of their second annual student essay contest were celebrated.

“The history of International Women’s Day invites us to preserve the past, honor the present and educate the future,” said Jill Mackie.

Middle school and high school students were asked to answer the following question: “What will the future look like when women have true equality? Compare that future with women’s opportunities today.”

14 thoughtful essays were submitted and after careful deliberation WILPF members chose the following winners:

High School

  • Amy Laws, 1st place, Senior Ashland High School ($100)
  • Grace St. Clair- Bates, 2nd place, Senior Ashland High School ($75)
  • Amanda Nash 3rd place, Senior Ashland High School ($25)

Middle School:

  • Sierra Repp: 7th grade, Ashland Middle School. ($100)

The first International Women’s Day took place in Chicago on February 28, 1909. It is now recognized on March 8 around the world with an annual theme. In 2014 there is an emphasis on how

gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development.

Founded in 1915, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is one of the world’s oldest peace organizations. From World War I through the 21st justice, racial equality, and women’s rights. WILPF members have included Nobel Peace Prize Laureates such as Jane  Addams, Dr. Linus Pauling, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Ashland branch of WILPF is a community of local women working together towards a common goal of peace and justice. Ashland WILPF are sponsors of the annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil and International Women’s Day Celebrations.  Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month at 1PM at the Ashland Library and are open to the public.

Visit a meeting and you will find a warm welcome.  For more information, contact Jill Mackie at (541) 488-9286 or email: jmackie@mind.net