7 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

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Tomorrow, March 8, 2011, is International Women’s Day (IWD). All over the world, men and women will celebrate the achievements of women in the political, economical and social arenas. 2011 marks the 100th year anniversary of the holiday.

International Women’s Day is most popular in the UK, Australia, Canada and the United States. Some countries, like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, observe it as a national holiday.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2011:¨Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.

I know tomorrow is the official holiday, but I wanted to give you a quick heads-up so you can know what’s going on and how you can celebrate.

Here are five International Women’s Day events happening in the major U.S. cites, and two online events that anyone can join in on.

1. Chicago: International Fair & Luncheon TODAY!

Starting at 10:30 a.m., an International Fair will take place, followed by a luncheon at the Union League Club. Keynote speaker is:

Deborah L. DeHaas, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner at Deloitte

Topic: “The Business Case for Diversity: Why Developing Women Leaders is Imperative to the Success of Global Companies”

Click here for the official Web site.

2. San Francisco: Galas & Speakers

Two events that both take place on March 8th at 6:30 p.m.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco will host a gala dinner celebrating women’s accomplishments in business at Hotel Kabuki. Dr. Elisabeth Pat©-Cornell, Chair of the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University, will deliver our keynote address.

The Bay Area Oxfam Action Corps is holding a very special free event, called “Ending Hunger Starts with Women.” The reception takes place at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. A film screening and panel discussion with some of our city’s pioneers for ethical change, food experts, and leaders in business and government will follow.

Click here for official site.

3. Atlanta: Movie Screening


Follow one Chicago Polish family through the red tape of the current U.S. immigration system. This film tells the universal untold human rights story of post 9/11, that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today and reframing the conversation for change.

March 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theater. Exclusive Q and A with the director following the movie.

Click here for official Web site.

4. Los Angeles: Cocktails for a Cause

Join Relief International at the W HOTEL in Westwood on Tuesday, March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day and mingle with cause-minded individuals while enjoying the happy hour cocktails, appetizers and music at the W’s Whiskey Blue Lounge.

5. New York

From 9-11 a.m. on March 8, Downtown Entrepreneurial Women members will preview 4 short educational videos and discussion guides on global maternal health issues.

The “Hive at 55”, 55 Broad Street, 13th Floor, New York

For more information, click here.

6. Online Poker

Women Poker Player will host a free tournament and celebration for Womenforwomen.org. March 8th at 8:30 p.m. EST. All are welcome.

Registration will be open two hours prior to the event. It cost nothing and no credit card is required to open a PokerStars account or to join the celebration.

Click here for official Web site.

7. Tucson, AZ & Online Shopping

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th 2011, Support for International Change announces the Tuko Pamoja Bag Sponsorship program in partnership with Positively Beautiful!

Every year Positively Beautiful hosts a day of beauty for 50 women in Tuscon, Arizona to assist them in overcoming the physical and emotional side-effects of living with HIV/AIDS.

The Tuko Pamoja Bag Sponsorship program is an opportunity to provide a gift for one of the women living with HIV/AIDS in Arizona while supporting another woman living with HIV/AIDS in rural Tanzania.

By sponsoring a Tuko Pamoja Bag for $26, you can bring 2 women living with HIV/AIDS 10,000 miles closer together and create a lasting message of hope and strength.

Click here for official Web site.

If you don’t see your city or country, click here to search through thousands of International Women’s Day events that are taking place all over the world.

The internationalwomensday.com is a hub of IWD events and information created by Glenda Stone, an Australian entrepreneur and women’s campaigner.

“A decade ago International Women’s Day was disappearing. Activity in Europe, where International Women’s Day actually began, was very low.

Providing a global online platform helped sustain and accelerate momentum for this important day. Holding only a handful of events ten years ago, the United Kingdom has now become the global leader for International Women’s Day activity, followed sharply by Canada, United States and Australia.

2011 will see thousands of events globally for the first time.”

-Glenda Stone

How will you celebrate International Women’s Day?


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  • I’m with Cath – cocktails for a cause sounds like a great event. As always, I’m late for the party but thanks for the great list of events.

  • Rayne

    I like the national events round-up. Thanks!

  • Remy G

    Great post and reminders! Celebrate women everywhere~~ xox Rem

  • I’m liking that “Cocktails for a Cause” . . .

    It’s hard to imagine where I’d be without the women from all corners of the world who have helped me out.

    Yes, and some men helped too…