Oakland celebrates Women’s Day

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(KTSF by Hellas Leung)

 Oakland  today celebrated    International Women’s Day by recognizing the achievements of women of different ages and professions.

 Teresa Deloach Reed,the Chief of Oakland Fire Department,  was  recognized.    She  is the nation’s first African-American woman to lead a major fire department, and the first woman to head the Oakland Fire Department in its 142-year history.

Mayor Jean Quan said it is important for older women to support younger women  by encouraging  them to be outstanding leaders.  She added that young people need role models to learn from and improve . 

The origin of  International Women’s Day started from the working  classes  in New York City and Europe.   At a meeting in Copenhagen in 1910, an International Women’s Day with no fixed date was proposed to honor the women’s rights movement.   In New York  on March 8, 1908, about 15,000 women garment workers marched through  the city demanding economic and political rights.     On 28th February the following year, the first National Women’s Day was observed across the United States.

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