August 23 Is Officially ‘Girl Power Day’ In Boston and Menino Has the Pen to Prove It
The mayor signed a proclamation to celebrate women's rights and empower the city's youth.
Taking a title straight from a Spice Girls book from the late nineties, Mayor Tom Menino has officially designated August 23 as â€śGirl Power Dayâ€ť in Boston.
According to a press release, the outgoing mayor acknowledged the â€śunique challengesâ€ť females face in the city, and this as a chance to â€śengage girls in positive programmingâ€ť and mentoring opportunities.
Basically, when you have been mayor for 20 years, you can name a day whatever you want, whenever you want, but with good reason.
To commemorate the newly named city day, Menino will be attending two events Friday, beginning with a â€śGirls MAKE the Cityâ€ť Festival in the Innovation District, which will connect girls from Bostonâ€™s neighborhoods with professionals in the science and technology fields.
Following a listening session with a panel of professional women from the innovation sector, including researchers from Harvard and MIT, attendees will get to hang out with Menino during a â€śhands-onâ€ť portion of the dayâ€™s program and take part in workshops called â€śHigh-Tech Bling: Create Your Own LED Jewelry,” and â€śEngineer Your Own DIY Robot Arm.â€ť
On Friday evening, Menino will join the Circle of Promise GIRLS Campaign â€śedutainmentâ€ť event in Bowdoin-Geneva. â€śOur girls are smart, strong, and have the power to do anything they set their minds to. But they shouldnâ€™t have to do it alone,â€ť Menino said in a statement. â€śThatâ€™s why I am grateful to have so many partners working on this effort with us. Itâ€™s so important to have specific programs just for girls that help them become confident, strong young women.â€ť
These events will be preceded by the 93rdÂ anniversary of Womenâ€™s Equality Day, on Monday, August 26, to celebrate the ratification of the 19thÂ Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. At noon that day, the Womenâ€™s Commission will join City Councilor Ayanna Pressley at the Boston Womenâ€™s Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue Mall to celebrate.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, August 25, women will be gathering at theÂ Boston Common, sans shirts, to celebrate women’s rights in a different way.
Until then, we recommend calling the mayorâ€™s office to see if you can get one of those Girl Power pens he used to sign signed the proclamation.
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