As many of you know, International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up this week. On Thursday, March 8th, people throughout the world unite in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In addition, IWD marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
As explained on its website, IWD “has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.”
The theme for this year’s IWD is Press for Progress, a call-to-action designed to help accelerate the statistic that gender parity is over 200 years away. To learn more about the theme, which kicks off March 8th, visit their website, here.
Events will be held world-wide to celebrate, create dialogues and cultivate positive change. And while you can find events for cities across the world on the International Women’s Day site, I’ve created a round-up of some exciting things happening in Chicago.
International Women’s Day at Sprout Social
Sprout Social HQ | Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Free with RSVP
Join for an evening of discussion, light food and drink, and networking to celebrate International Women’s Day. Sprout Social has invited speakers from a broad range of backgrounds including law, politics, entertainment and technology to help us understand how social media raises awareness of and impacts women’s issues.
2018 International Women’s Day Celebration with HispanicPro
STK Chicago | Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 PM | $15 – $20
Join HispanicPro on the eve of International Women’s Day for a night of business networking and celebration with established leaders and rising stars. Get connected, gain valuable insight, advice and leave inspired.
International Women’s Day Lightning Talks
GA Chicago @ TechNexus | Thursday, March 8, 6 – 8 PM | Free with RSVP
During these engaging, interactive lightning talks, get inspired by female leaders who are spearheading local innovation in tech, culture, media, and politics.
Topics include how they are pioneering gender equality in their industries, the challenges they’ve faced, and provide key tips and strategies on taking action. After the talk, connect with people of all backgrounds in your community, and pledge to #PressforProgress in 2018.
Think Cosmically, Act Locally: A Celebration of International Women’s Day
The Joinery |Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30 – 11:00 PM | Donation with RSVP
Celebrate IWD by recognizing the 81st birthday of Soviet Cosmonaut, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, who was the first woman in space. The first part of the night will be family style dinner inspired by Russian cuisine, followed by a full-on dance party.
Throughout the event we will be thinking locally by recognizing some of the amazing women doing s**t in Chicago. We will be giving away 10 tickets to notable women who will be seating throughout the room and will definitely spur inspiring conversations. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Urban Growers Collective a new non-profit dedicated to empowering Chicago youth through food, healing, and art launched by two amazing women.
International Women’s Day Entrepreneurial Workshop
WeWork Kinzie | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM | $20
Join for an Entrepreneurial Workshop for Chicago’s women entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers. In the workshop, speakers will present four topics: (a) finding the courage to lead, (b) the foundations of entrepreneurship, (c) a woman’s story of finding her purpose, and (d) establishing a position of influence in a competitive industry. This event is free to all WeWork members; in addition to hosting the event, WeWork is providing food and drinks. While the Entrepreneurial Workshop is targeted toward women, men are welcome to attend.
Journey to the Boardroom, presented by 3.8
MATTER | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Free with RSVP
This event will include a panel discussion to hear from three senior executives who will lead a discussion about what to expect while serving on a board.
Board members contribute specific skill sets, such as financial, legal expertise and/or a technical background to the companies they serve, and weigh in on critical topics like strategic decisions, hiring, succession planning, crisis management and acquisitions, so the requirements for these positions are significant.
International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl
Edgewater | Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | $35 per route
Guests will enjoy food and drink samples along the route in addition to meeting and greeting business owners and organization representatives. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Apna Ghar, Our Home. Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence.
Two route options are available, each including different Edgewater restaurants. Restaurant lists can be found on the event site.
International Women’s Day: Press for Progress by SheSays Chicago and WomanKind
Leo Burnett | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 PM | Free with RSVP
Attend for a panel on gender parity. Panelists include a CEO, CSO, Founders and more. The panel begins at 6:00pm with food and drink provided. To learn more about the panelists and RSVP here.
International Women’s Day: Creating New Opportunities For Women of Color
DuSable Museum of African American History | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | $25 – $100
Each year, Global Strategists Association bring together women leaders from around the globe to discuss the importance of diversity in thought, experiences and leadership through the lens of women of color.
International Women’s Day Event at Expedia Chicago
Expedia Chicago | Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Free with RSVP
This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the Expedia Chicago office and opportunities to join their team. They will have several women highlighting their #pressforprogress and their career journeys. Meet female leaders at Expedia, learn about their career journeys, network with recruiters, and see their new West Loop space.
Female Leadership: Accelerate to the Top
Motorola Solutions Innovation Center | Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 PM | $26.50
Chicago’s Exceptional Women’s Network is honoring successful women who have made a significant local/global impact. Join to hear a panel of female executive special guest speakers discussing, “Female Leadership: Accelerate to the Top.” Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle and learn tricks to rise to your full professional potential!
Press for Progress at 1871 in Partnership with Charles Schwab
1871 Chicago | Thursday, March 8, 2018, events offered all day | Free with RSVP
Join for for an inspiring day of talks, workshops, and experiences that aim to educate, empower, and advance women in Chicago. They’ll be exploring the 2018 theme “Press for Progress” through discussions on entrepreneurship, professional development, civic engagement, and advocacy for a number of issues that are facing women today.
Everyone should be a #STEMFeminist: CorePower Yoga Event
CPY Bucktown | Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 PM | $20
CorePower Yoga will be hosting a 1 hour fun feminist yoga class in honor of Women’s History Month. The event, partnered with American Woman, will help you break a sweat while supporting a great cause – Women in STEM. Proceeds from the events with support women and girls in STEM.
In Pursuit of Liberty
Woman Made Gallery | Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1 – 6 PM | Free, with a $10 suggested donation
An afternoon of films, performance, and discussions by and about women, in honor of International Women’s Day.
How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Share your events and plans in the comments below!
Photos by Laura Waldron Photography