imagesThe new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in society’s views towards women. Many from younger generations feel that all the battles have been won. Feminists from the 1970s, however know the truth only too well: the ingrained complexity of patriarchy lives on.

International Women’s Day, March 8, has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honoring mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, and other ladies with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Small presents? One day for all those singular sensations? Sorry, not enough love – at least not in Telluride.

Long before she was co-executive director of the San Miguel Resource Center, Melanie Montoya spearheaded the celebration of phenomenal women by establishing Phenomenal Woman’s Week, which runs from Monday, March 4 – the BIG DAY, Friday, March 8.

The following is a list of activities taking place throughout this week, produced, natch, by the San Miguel Resource Center.

“Phenomenal Women’s Week is an incredible celebration of the woman in our community and women around the world. It’s a time to honor and celebrate the successes of women throughout history as well as to educate and raise awareness about the challenges that still exist. It’s a time to have conversations about the power and influence of women in our society and the importance of empowering the younger generations, explained Elly Johnson, Advocate Manager.”The Vagina Monologues’ is a funny, heartwarming, moving play about the woman’s experience. It is based on interviews that Eve Ensler, the creator of the monologues, had with woman about their vaginas and is a huge education and awareness piece shared around the world today. It is performed by a cast of local women, with minimal rehearsing to keep the authenticity of each woman’s stories. Each woman participating in the play is sharing someone’s story through their own perspective and giving light to that woman’s essence.”

Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7

Tuesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Arroyo- Talking Gourds‘ poetry slam to celebrate Phenomenal Women, featuring Julie Cummings

“The Vagina Monologues,” at the Steaming Bean.

Show starts at 6:30 p.m.,Tuesday and Wednesday.
8 p.m, Thursday.

$10 tix at door.

Proceeds go to SMRC and V-Day Campaign One Billion Rising.

Wednesday, March 6:

Workshop: “Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse” with Kara Johnson, Prevention Education Specialist, 6-7 p.m..Wilkinson Public Library.

Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day:

Equal Pay Bake Sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Table on Main Street.


Friday, March 15- Saturday 16. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Live a Brighter Life: A Free Women’s Empowerment Workshop”
Led by Indrani Goradia from Indrani’s Light Foundation

Indrani’s Light Foundation conducts workshops to energize women in creating an actionable, step-by-step plan to acheive and fulfill a life of their dreams.
“Live a Brighter Life” is a comprehensive curriculum based on life coaching skills and positive psychology theory.

Workshop 1:  Setting Boundaries
Workshop 2:  Saying “No”- say “Yes” to a new way
Workshop 3:  Letting Go- uncovering your self-respect
Workshop 4:  Finding Resilience- find your self-compassion
Workshop 5:  Restoring Self- stand in your divine power
Workshop 6:  Being present- be physically and emotionally present

Workshop is free.

Please call SMRC at (970) 728-5660 to register in advance.

Bring your own lunch and snacks, and wear comfy clothing.

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