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International Women’s Day Observation

Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 PM

International Women's Day Observation
The Monument Quilt display, 10am-6pm 
Twilight Meditation, 6pm
Pay What You Can, suggested contribution $15

In commemoration of International Women's Day, the Rothko Chapel will host a small display on our grounds of The Monument Quilt, a quilted collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. The Monument Quilt is organized by FORCE, a Baltimore-based activist collective dedicated to upsetting rape culture. In the evening we will hold a Twilight Meditation with Shanti Flagg, FORCE's studio director, along with representatives of local organizations supporting women who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. Join as we unite in advocacy and support of women around the world.

About the presenters:
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. FORCE designs communications campaigns to generate media attention and get millions of people talking. The organization gained national attention for their viral panty prank, where they pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting consent themed slogans on underwear. Today, FORCE is most widely known for The Monument Quilt, a quilted collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Learn more at

Shanti Flagg is an artist and has been a collective member at FORCE for 3 years. She directs the operations of their studio headquarters in Baltimore. The project Shanti primarily works on is the Monument Quilt. She coordinates volunteers in the studio to create the quilts, and she works with the Monument Quilt Leadership Team to plan the culminating display of the Quilt on the National Mall. The Monument Quilt creates public healing space for survivors of rape and abuse.

About International Women's Day:
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD 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. For more information, visit

The theme for this year's observance is Press For Progress, a call to collaborate to accelerate gender parity. Learn more about this year's theme here.


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