International Women’s Day goes back to 1975. That was the year the United Nations first marked March 8 as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to mark a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Commercial Drive area’s Uprising Breads Bakery (1697 Venables Street) came up with its own tribute in the 1980s with an International Women’s Day Cookie. With the need for equality and change just as pressing as it was decades ago, the annual cookie is back.
Freshly baked daily, the gingerbread cookie takes the shape of the symbol of Venus (synonymous with the female form) and is dipped in white Belgian chocolate.
Uprising Breads Bakery will donate $1,000 to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre through its cookie sales in honour of International Women’s Day.
“Uprising Breads has been making its celebratory Women’s Day Cookie long before I bought the bakery,” says Uprising owner Don McGinn. “Donating to local women’s issues through sales is a proud part of the feminist roots of the business.”
Uprising Breads Bakery began in 1976 a workers’ co-operative, which McGinn, then co-op member, purchased in 1999.
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is one of the few women-only spaces in the area and provides safety and support to 500 women daily.
The cookies are $1.25 each or $6.95 for a wrapped package of six. Large orders can be pre-ordered at the bakery or by phone (604-254-5635).