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International Women's Day celebration at Chico State

"I think that we're waking up as a society, we're waking up and saying, this type of behavior is no longer acceptable," said Denney.

Posted: Mar 9, 2018 10:08 AM

"Sometimes in the work environment you're not taken as seriously, like your voice doesn't really matter," said Chico State student Dejane Wilson.

Most women will tell you: it's not a good feeling.

"It's their body language, the way they won't look at you in the eye, they don't really want to hear your opinion," said Wilson.

But it's International Women's Day, and across the world, women are celebrating their strides toward empowerment.

"I've overcome it a couple of times, you just have to take the proper steps, like going to HR. You just have to advocated for yourself," said Wilson.

It's been a big year for women's rights; the "#MeToo" and "#TimesUp" movements have prompted thousands of victims of sexual harrassment and misconduct to come forward.

"Most people want to be quiet about it or think they should be quiet about it but we have to raise the bar and basically let them know we have to be treated equally as well," said Wilson.

"I think for women it starts by making yourself vulnerable and saying 'hey this happened to me and this is not ok', and for our allies that are men, saying 'this is not acceptable'," said congressional candidate Audrey Denney.

Today on the Chico State campus, students, advocates and aspiring leaders rallied to continue to fight.

"I believe so strongly that women need to be paid equitably in the workplace to men, we need access to the reproductive healthcare we need," said Denney.

"I think there's this precedent that's been set of women not being taking seriously, in women not achieving the goals they've set for themselves. And when you hold back 50% of the population you're not going to achieve any of the goals you're setting for yourself," said California Assembly candidate Sonia Aery.

This year's motto is #Pressforprogress.

"Women of color especially have been disproportionately pushed out of history, so for me personally this is about making history today as a Mechoopda woman, because I can today, make my mark," said Ali Knight, Women's March organizer.

"I think that we're waking up as a society, we're waking up and saying, this type of behavior is no longer acceptable," said Denney.

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