The participants shadowed local politicians for the day and learned about the inner workings of the Maryland legislature. (Meredith Newman/Capital Gazette) Meredith Newman Contact Reporter There was a time when the women in red couldn't get a seat at the table, and now on Wednesday, there quite literally weren't enough. "Look at us today," said Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Silver Spring, to the crowded room during the Women's Caucus of Maryland meeting. "We've obviously done something right." Like many around the country, the bi-partisan group acknowledged the A Day Without a Woman demonstration and International Women's Day , which both occurred Wednesday. They wore red pantsuits, red dresses, red flats and red scarves. They talked about the time when there weren't women bathrooms in the State House and how they would sometimes sneak a glass of wine in each others' offices on bad days. Organized by the leaders of the Women's March on Washington, A Day Without a Woman aims to recognize the impact women have on the economy. People around the country supported the movement by either not working, avoiding shopping at stores that weren't owned by women or minorities, or wearing red in solidarity. In Annapolis, about 20 women from all over the state ranging from teenagers to mothers celebrated by participating in Annapolis Shadow Day, where they learned the inner workings of a field that has yet to reach parity in its representation: Maryland politics. Right now, women make up 11 of the 47 state senators and 49 of the 141 delegates in the Maryland General Assembly .
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