Rally for women held in downtown Greenfield

Events being held across the country in support of strike

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Town Common was a sea of red from noon to 1:00 Wednesday, as a crowd joined together to mark International Women’s Day. Marches and rallies are being held nationwide, including here in western Massachusetts, to draw attention to a variety of issues, ranging from wage inequality, to reproductive health, to sexual assault.

Hundreds of women wore red and some even took the day off from work to stand up and fight for important women’s issues. The effort is part of the larger “Day Without a Woman” strike, in which women around the country are staying home from work and avoiding shopping, to highlight the importance of women in the U.S. economy. The movement has gained momentum following the well-attended women’s march events held across the country after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

In Greenfield Wednesday, some came as a family to show solidarity as women though the generations. They held signs, sang, chanted and marched around the green.

“I’m here for Planned Parenthood, I’m here for the right to choose. I’m here because my mother used to go out on strike for a two-penny an hour raise and I don’t think that we have come much further than that,” Fran Bourassa of Greenfield said.

Women 22News spoke with Wednesday said there is still a long way to go before there is true gender equality.