Hello out there! My name is Clare and I am a 23-year-old resident of Detroit.

I made the postgraduate move to the city after studying Political Science and International Studies in Madison, WI. I am not unfamiliar with the area though, as I grew up in “the burbs”. However, getting to know Detroit on a more intimate level has proved to be an exceptional adventure.

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I am constantly humbled by Detroit, by the residents who inhabit this city, what they create, and what they choose to share. I am pleased to be able to report back on communities I inhabit, interact with, and those that inspire me. So, in this vein my first post will be about the community I am most familiar- the female community.

International Women’s Day is today, March 8, 2017, and there are strikes and marches planned nation wide. While this large scale show of solidarity is remarkable, for those with constraints -here are some great ideas to support women in Detroit today, this week, this month, or all year.  

Donate or Volunteer at a local organization that empowers women

The Mercy Education Project “Mercy Education Project's mission is to provide educational opportunities, life skills development and cultural enrichment for women and girls who have limited access to resources to enable them to improve the quality of their lives.”

Enough Said"Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit) is an independent collaboration between Michigan Women's Foundation, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Detroit Crime Commission. The goal of this collaboration is to raise private sector funding to test more than 11,000 forgotten rape kits, investigate the crimes and prosecute the resulting cases, thus securing justice and closure for victims, and ensuring a safer community for everyone.

Freedom HouseDonate to Freedom house, who is in need of donations from the public in order to keep their doors open! "Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, of providing safety for those "yearning to breathe free.""

Shop at a Female Owned Local Business

A nationwide strike is encouraging women to refrain from shopping in order to demonstrate the strength of female purchasing power. If you need to run out and grab something then support a locally owned-female business today and every other day!

Check out this list Metro Times put together of local female-owned businesses to shop.

The Farmer's Hand in Corktown 

The Farmer's Hand in Corktown 

Finally- Wear Red! 

Wear Red in solidarity with women around the globe and bring awareness to changes we can all make in our communities to create a safer place for women of all creeds.

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