It’s fast approaching. That day of the year where with our voices raised loud, we celebrate the many accomplishments of women around the world.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a chance for people from all genders and backgrounds to come together and acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. While conversations about being a woman and gender parity should take place every day of the year, it is the collective action and shared ownership behind IWD that make it such a powerful event.
March 8, 2018, will mark IWD’s 110th year. This momentous day can be traced back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City for equal rights. Yet even with 110 years of progress, women still have so far to go to close the gap and achieve true equality. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, the economic gender gap is regressing. In fact, they estimate that it will take over two centuries, 217 years to be exact before we achieve economic gender parity across the world.
We think this is too long to wait. As such, it is only fitting that the 2018 theme for IWD is Press for Progress. This means working together as a global community to think, act, and be gender inclusive. To take purposeful action that helps progress gender parity. So regardless of where you are around the world, here are some events where you can use your voice to help ignite change and #PressforProgress.
Be Bold Seattle: International Women’s Day
On March 8, the non-profit organization Be Bold Seattle – formed by Nickie Smith and Kate Isler – is hosting a celebratory event for IWD at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.
This event is a chance for you to come hear inspirational speakers and learn more about ways you can be bold and press for change. The evening’s speaker lineup will include Sophia A. Nelson, Adriane Brown, Treger Strasberg, Jonathan Sposato, Amy Nelson, MJ DePalma, and Michael Tenney.
Reflecting on the importance of IWD events and what inspires her to take action, Nickie Smith, co-founder of Be Bold Seattle, said, “What motivates me every day, and what makes the Be Bold Seattle event so important, is the knowledge that our actions can embolden other women to pursue their dreams. Because when one woman achieves her dreams, she creates a path forward for all others, whether she simply inspires or is the unstoppable force that breaks the proverbial ceiling.”
International Women’s Day Paint Jam
Taking place on March 8 around the world – Argentina, Brisbane, California, Canada, Indonesia, London, Spain, and New Zealand to name a few locations – female street artists will create art that celebrates the achievements of all female writers. You can show support by liking and following them online, as well as sharing why you love their art.
IWD Great Debate
If you’re going to be in Sydney, Australia on March 8, don’t miss out on six Australian leaders debating the importance of gender diversity in the workplace and throughout society. The event’s MCs will include Gretel Killeen (Sydney), Corinne Grant (Brisbane), and Jane Caro (Melbourne).
If you won’t be in Sydney, there will be other IWD events hosted by the Institute of Managers and Leaders in Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast.
Gild Collective International Women’s Day Webinar
Held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST, this online webinar is an opportunity to discuss the World Economic Forum’s most recent findings in the Global Gender Gap Report. Not only will you learn more about the current state of the economic gender gap, but participants will also leave with action items for how they can help drive change and address gender-based issues.
FINCA’s 2018 International Women’s Day “It’s Time to Roar” Event
FINCA Impact Finance – a global provider of financial services – is holding their third annual IWD event on March 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST in Washington DC. With a discussion panel and Q&A session, key women in finance will discuss ways to close the gender gap even faster.
In the end, we are only as loud and as strong as each other. It is our responsibility to be our true, authentic selves, build on the legacy of the women that came before us, and champion the future for those that follow. One day, gender parity will be achieved … but only if we continue to press for progress.
Curious about what else you can do on International Women’s Day? View the complete list of IWD events being held around the world.