By Lucy Bowman
My birthday, March 8, falls on a special day—International Women’s Day. This year I celebrated my 14th birthday with family members by visiting the Colorado State Capitol Building in downtown Denver.
In the Senate, we were guests of Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins. He was very helpful in explaining to me everything that was happening on the floor of the Senate.
One bill discussed was a re-definition of an aspect of marijuana laws. I had expected something like this to be voted down by one side or the other, but there seemed to be bipartisan support for this industry-friendly bill.
The broad support for this bill became shocking to me when I learned that 11 senators, all men, later voted against a measure in support of more women appearing on corporate boards. This was announced around noon, and soundly booed, as we and a few hundred other people were preparing to march around the Capitol building in support of International Women’s Day.
After leaving the Senate floor, I went to the House of Representatives as a guest of Rep. Joann Ginal, also of Fort Collins. The discussions were all interesting and I liked seeing the democratic process in action. It was really inspiring to see Rep. Ginal and so many other women in jobs which play such a huge part in how our government is run.
Another highlight of the day was when my own House Representative, Jessie Danielson of Golden, stood at the microphone on the House floor. She told the group about me, mentioning that it was my birthday and how I was celebrating International Women’s Day by missing school for the day and wearing red to support the protest.
The International Women’s Day protest marches that took place around the world focused on the theme of Be Bold for Change. Learn more…
I think it’s important to protest because it shows that you really think about an issue, so to finish the day I joined the march around the Capitol.
The march was the perfect end to a great birthday and it was nice to spend this day with my Grandpa, his friend Mary, my aunt Marti, and my mom, Shawn, all of whom had joined the protest march with me.
Photos by Mary Ray, Fort Collins, Colo., and a thank you to her.