AMHERST - For the past century, women's advancements in society have been celebrated by the mark of International Women's Day.
On Tuesday, the 100th anniversary was celebrated with a luncheon in Amherst.
Terry Cove, executive director of Autumn House and a member of the International Women's Day committee, spoke to the 100+ people gathered at the Lions Club.
"It was heartening for me to hear people talking yesterday about encouraging men to no longer see the social issue of violence against women as a Women's Issue," she said, in regards to the transition house for battered and abused women.
"I think there are many issues that fall into the category of women's issues, such as childcare, teen pregnancy, women's body image problems, sexual assault and so on that could also benefit from men standing up and speaking out.
"Perhaps someday our daughters and granddaughters will not stand alone against these overwhelming issues, but will be propped up by the support of men speaking out as well."