Anchorage women show support for International Women's Day

Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 4:27 PM AKST
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It's a day to honor women across the globe who make positive contributions in the workplace and in their personal lives.

On International Women's Day, the YWCA of Alaska organized a rally called "Women on the Bridge."

Women gathered on the overpass above Minnesota Drive near West High School.

This year, the YWCA focused on equality in the workplace which includes reducing the gender pay gap. The group started the "Economic Equity Initiative" to help close that gap of a woman earning $0.68 to $1 earned by a man.

"Right now we have over 100 endorsers," says YWCA Economic Empowerment Manager Tamiah Liebersbach. "We have lots of businesses who are really supportive of the work we're doing and are willing to participate in that work," says Liebersbach.

The rally is another way to bring attention to the wage gap and other women's issues, as part of what the YWCA calls a positive gathering as allies and advocates for women.

The YWCA says it's all part of its mission which is "to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community."