SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – International Women’s Day celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women annually on March 8. The celebration has occurred for well over a century, with the first gathering held in 1911. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge.”

Three local women leaders joined ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen on the CW30 News at 7 p.m. for an IN FOCUS discussion about International Women’s Day. Those panelists included:

The panel discussed what the celebration means to them, what disparities/challenges/barriers still exist for women, what needs to be done to bridge gender inequalities that still exist, why it’s important to have women in leadership, and their message to young women in the state.

To watch the full IN FOCUS discussion with Vaughn, Dominguez, and Carpenter, click on the video at the top of the article.

Catch IN FOCUS discussions with ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen weeknights on the CW30 News at 7 p.m.

Rosie Nguyen is an award-winning journalist who joined the ABC4 News team as a reporter in January 2018. In September 2020, she embarked on a new journey as the anchor for the CW30 News at 7 p.m. Although she’s not out in the field anymore, she is continuing her passion for social justice and community issues through the nightly “In Focus” discussions.