SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Upstate R.E.S.I.S.T. partnered with The Homeless Period Project to collect donations at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg Wednesday for International Women’s Day.
Sharron Phillips with The Homeless Period Project says so many women don’t have the money for feminine products.
“It’s sad, but it’s not just a need in a third world country,” Phillips explained. “Unfortunately it’s not something that’s donated often. People just don’t think about it.”
Ada Murcier with Upstate R.E.S.I.S.T. says by working together on donations they see the power they have to work together.
“With everything that has happened recently I think women are that much more empowered to stand together and take a stand, not only for women’s issues but humanity issues, period,” Murcier explained. “I think that as women when we band together, there’s nothing that can stop us.”
International Women’s Day dates back to 1908, according to Dr. Melissa Walker, Professor of History at Converse College.
“It was based around a march that women held in New York City marching for better wages, better working conditions and the right to vote,” Walker explained.
Walker says that same collective action can be seen today.
“I think a lot of the events of the campaign season last year really raised women’s awareness about how we’ve come a long way but we have not overcome all the obstacles and certainly all of the discrimination that women face in the world,” Walker said.