SAN ANTONIO - On Wednesday, people across the country and the world celebrated International Women's Day, a global day recognizing the achievements of women. San Antonio had its own women's day celebration that was hosted by the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women.
"I think we are certainly a great example as far as having women in leadership," Mayor Ivy Taylor said.
There are several prominent women leaders in San Antonio including the mayor, the city manager, the CEO and assistant manager of the Spurs and the president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio among others. While these women leaders say that there's a lot to be proud of in San Antonio, there is still progress to be made.
"There's still some work for us to do. Quite often I'm in important meetings with leaders in the business community and other sectors, and myself and Sheryl Sculley, the city manager, are often the only women in the room," Mayor Taylor said.
The commission also gave approximately $75,000 to more than 20 local women to pursue a higher education.
"Sometimes you feel that, as a woman, you're not going to get as many opportunities as men. But this is proving otherwise, so I'm very proud and I'm very happy to win this scholarship today," said Natalia Salto, a scholarship winner.
It wasn't just high-profile women who came out. Prominent men from the San Antonio community also wanted to show their support for women too.
"Women play a part in all of our lives, that can't be denied," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. "Certainly, in my organization, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, the contribution of our women police officers and law enforcement can't be ignored."
This year, the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women has also launched a campaign called Equal Pay SA. They're conducting workshops across the city to help teach women negotiation skills and tools to make sure that they're compensated fairly and equally in their workplaces.
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