International Women’s Day is finally here, and across America, we’re celebrating women and some of their top interests: tech, culture, booze, and shopping! And, most importantly, actionable change that brings about “a more inclusive, gender equal world”.
This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change (#BeBoldForChange), and it urges all of us to undertake “ground-breaking action” to make real, tangible differences in women’s lives. That clearly has resonated with people of all genders across the country this year, because there are some seriously exciting and unique events in cities and towns from Albuquerque, NM, to Worcester, MA.
One of the major focuses of International Women’s Day is a desire to highlight women in tech and to encourage other women to join the sector. To that end, there are the International Women’s Day Lightning Tech Talks. Held across 11 major cities around the world – including NYC, LA, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Boston and Austin – the talks will bring women entrepreneurs and tech stars together to see what opportunities can be found.
More locally, the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA, is hosting a day-long event called Work Ready Women: PowerUP! Like the Lightning Tech Talks, it will bring together women in tech from across the country to help them build confidence, networking connections and skills.
In addition to the many talks and networking events, many cities will highlight the contributions of women to their cultures – especially women in minority groups. For example, Albuquerque will see the National Hispanic Cultural Center hold an International Women’s Day Poetry Celebration.
And in Nashville, The American Telugu Association and Indian Community of Nashville (ICON) will be hosting an evening celebrating the best of Indian and Pakistani-American women’s culture and contributions.
All across this great land, people will support women-centric causes with happy hours, beer festivals and more. Washington, D.C, will see both culture and booze combine with the Women in the Arts: Pop-up Gallery and Happy Hour.
In Los Angeles, the Pink Boots Society will promote female beer brewers with a special brewing festival, and proceeds will go to the society’s scholarships and educational initiatives.
Hip New Orleans restaurant and bar TREO will be hosting a happy hour to support Rotary International. In fact, Rotary clubs across the country are holding celebrations and talks for the day.
Finally, we’re going to be putting our wallets where our mouths are with some charitable shopping. Versace stores across the country will be donating a portion of all sales on March 8th to Equality Now, while Rebecca Minkoff’s San Francisco shop is also offering a special evening of shopping and champagne in support of charity I Am That Girl.
Naturally, we can’t include every event and celebration going on in the US here, so make sure to go to the International Women’s Day Events page to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods and to learn more about what you can do to get active.
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!