There were events held in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties to recognize International Women’s Day on Friday.
Springfield Technical and Community College celebrated the day with a speaker series, with women working in fields from banking to education.
“It’s just a day to remember women all around the world, ethnic cultures, and just say wow, we appreciate you,” said Carol Flores, host of the event.
The Hispanic Association in Higher Education put on the event, with the theme of overcoming challenges.
“Panelists will talk about what it took to get to where you are,” said Jennifer Wallace-Johnson, chair of the Hispanic Association in Higher Education. “When you see folks that come from different backgrounds and different challenges, that is a huge motivating and empowering thing for young women, all women, and especially women of color to see.”
The event was hosted by Carol Flores, a member of the Hispanic Association in Higher Education. Fourteen-years-ago, Flores and some from friends started getting together to celebrate international women’s day every year. Flores spoke about how the gathering began.
“We’re gonna get a couple of friends to just get together, and it was a Russian friend, an Argentinian friend, a Columbian friend,” Flores told 22News. “Then it got bigger and bigger and bigger.”
Flores decided this year, it was time to bring the celebration to STCC.
“It’s a great event to bring people together,” she said. “Women especially, but men, and families, and daughters and sons, just so that they can see their mothers and daughters and sisters really flourish.”
March 8 is International Women’s Day, but it is also Women’s History Month, and events are planned in western Massachusetts throughout March to celebrate women.