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Local businesses, leaders honor International Women’s Day – KOMO News

Since midnight Thursday, radio station KEXP has been honoring International Women’s Day by playing all female artists.

DJ Morgan Chosnyk with KEXP says Friday is the day to celebrate how far women have come.

“Equality is not there yet,” Chosynk said. “Genders are not equal yet. We’re not being paid same amount as men. Our work is not lifted to same height as men.”

Across town, a special gathering for Tune House scholarship recipients and the community to celebrate International Women’s’ Day is now sold-out.

Tune has made a difference for dozens of women now looking for a future in stem careers, providing free housing, free groceries, access to mentors, and technical workshops.

“We want to create house that would be inclusive for community of undergraduate computer science women,” said Camille Sutherland, manager of Tune House. “So, we got a house near UW and we’ve been running the scholarship program for four years.”

At the YWCA, they’re partnering with Century Link to celebrate the nonprofit’s 125th anniversary — it’s the oldest nonprofit serving women.

“We provide direct services for more than 10,000 women each year. That includes housing, employment, domestic violence, a wide array, really, meeting all the needs of women to make sure all women have what they deserve,” said Kizha Davidson with YWCA Seattle King Snohomish.

Those looking for a way to celebrate women this weekend can also check out the Northwest Women’s Show at the Tacoma dome. It’s two days of health, food, fashion, and fun, including hundreds of exhibits, shows, and seminars.

International Women’s’ Day is making a big impression on our leaders and in our community, too.

From the Emerald City, Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted:

“From Bertha Landes in 1926 the first female mayor of any major U.S. city to today’s majority female Seattle City Council, our region has always had many incredible female role models”

Representing the Evergreen State, Governor Jay Inslee posted:

“Honoring the contributions of women isn’t enough. It’s up to those of us in leadership to make sure every girl is given the same opportunity to seek out and pursue their dreams and every woman is compensated fairly and afforded equal rights.”

Washington State Patrol, Trooper Axtman shared:

A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else. I’m honored to work alongside some seriously powerful women!

Microsoft Education tweeted:

“We’re sharing encouraging words from some of today’s leading stem ladies to inspire tomorrow’s stem stars.”

Many people say Friday is a reminder of how far women have come, but some say there’s still a long way to go.