International Woman's Day kicked off Thursday at Chico State University with live musical performances, poetry readings, and speeches from female candidates for office.
Crowds gathered in the university's Trinity Commons as the speeches got underway. Tables and booths were set up by student organizers who where there to promote their club or organization.
Je'Meshia Wade, president of Just Unity Sistas, went to promote her club, that focuses on the empowerment and advancement of black women.
"We do that everywhere," Wade said. "Sacramento, New York, Washington D.C., so for us to be the only black women's group here in Chico, it just, you know, it enhances the international women's movement."
One of the attendees was Audrey Denney, a female candidate for Congress running against Doug LaMalfa.
She rose to speak about the "Me Too" movement, and how she was inspired by other women to run for public office in order to make a change.
"It's a reminder that we can reclaim our power when it's been taken away from us," Denney said. "We can reclaim our voices when we've been silenced, and we can work for an equal and just society where all people are treated equally under the law and equally culturally."
The International Women's Day event was attended by students and faculty.