PROVO, Utah – March 8 is International Women’s Day, and Provo decided to make it a little more personal with Provo Women’s Day.
The day started off with a lecture series hosted by Provo Mayor John Curtis, where women were served breakfast and heard inspiring messages from women across our community.
“The good thing about a lecture series is that we can ask some of the more important questions that we have about women and get those answers or start those discussions,” said community outreach media specialist Courtney Kendrick.
Mayor Curtis said Provo Women’s Day has multiple purposes.
“One is to celebrate women and their many accomplishments but I think that perhaps an even more important objective is to talk about issues important to women and find those places where we can do a little bit better,” Mayor Curtis said.
“It shows that Provo actually cares about us, because we have a voice and have something to say,” said Utah filmmaker Tess Kelly, who attended the breakfast.
The rest of the day was full of events like a bike ride, cake decorating classes and a dance to wind up the evening. This year, the city even extended the event to young girls with a Girls Summit at the Provo Library. Girls ages 8-12 were invited to learn about a variety of careers from 5-7 pm.
Mayor Curtis also announced that they are thinking about changing the name of Squaw Peak. It’s been brought up that the name “squaw” is actually derogatory, and the mayor’s office is now working with Native American groups and analysts to see if the name needs a change.
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