International Women’s Day / National Women’s History Month Events

26 Feb

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Oh, how my epic California surf dreams are beginning to conflict with my Washington, DC opportunities.

So many events coming up soon! Will I see you there?

Chronologically:

Tuesday, Feb 26 – Makers on WETA

I will be live-tweeting while viewing this incredible documentary. Watch with me! A MUST-see.

From WETA:

MAKERS: Women Who Make America. This three-hour documentary explores how women have transformed the nation over the last half-century and features interviews with female leaders from all walks of life including Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and many others.

The film, which was co-produced by WETA, chronicles unforgettable moments in history and tells the story of how women led a sweeping social revolution in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, March 2 – Barnard Center for Research on Women’s 2013 Feminist Scholar Conference: Utopia

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Utopia is a fantastic, very full day of awesome events! Technically I am registered, but without a scholarship, I can’t finance it. It’s in NYC!

From BCRW:

Utopia challenges us to imagine the impossible. Feminists have for years spoken of dreams, of excess, of revolution. Creating a space outside of what society makes available can be an act of survival in a culture that selectively grants and withholds the designation of full humanity. While many have shied away from the term “utopia,” wary of its uses as a cover for eugenics and other distinctly dystopian endeavors, this year’s Scholar & Feminist Conference argues that there is a consistent power that comes from confronting our desire–our “appetites and hunger”–for “spaces of possibility,” making “women’s long revolution… breaking all the old hierarchies.”

In concert with this theme, the conference format this year focuses on participation and collaboration. We’ll kick off the weekend with a screening of Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar’s film Wildness, a magical and explosive exploration of “safe space,” queer community, creativity, and class, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers. In Saturday’s workshops, community leaders from a wide range of fields facilitate opportunities for creativity and organizing through discussion and brainstorming. Workshop topics include:

  • community design
  • coalition & justice
  • remix culture
  • open education
  • feminist parenting
  • sci-fi/fantasy
  • prison abolition ending poverty
  • desiring change
  • climate change
  • food justice
  • intentional housing

Sunday, March 3 – National Women’s History Museum’s Centennial Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Parade

Join me and hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of others in DC as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Parade. Sh*t, I need to hurry up and make a suffrage parade sash! Should it be a historical reference in honor of the parade, like “Votes for Women,” or should it say something timely and relevant, like, “No War on Women?” Hmmm….

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From the NWHM:

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has organized a march to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC. The National Women’s History Museum invites YOU to participate in this historic event that was the turning point in the Suffrage Movement. On Sunday March 3, 2013, the parade route will begin at the Capitol, proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue and assemble on the National Mall for closing remarks. The entire parade route is approx. 3.1 miles and will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST. NWHM members will meet on the west side of the Capitol adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue at 8:30am.

Check out the other events going on in honor of the suffrage parade anniversary here!

Tuesday, March 5- Thursday March 7 – The 2013 International CARE Conference

Allow me to vouch for the exceptional, profound annual experience of this conference. When I went a few years ago, I schmoozed with African dignitaries and first ladies, wept in adoration of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s keynote address, and generally had the time of my life. It was easily the highlight of my professional and academic careers.

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From CARE:

For three days in March, we’ll gather in Washington, D.C., to honor advances girls and women have made – and ask Congress to help build on these successes.

We’ve made some exciting changes to our program. A portion of the film, Girl Rising, now will be screened at the diplomatic reception on March 5. Please check out our program for more details!

  • March 5: We’ll kick off the conference with a celebration of International Women’s Day at an elegant diplomatic reception hosted by Ambassador François Delattre at Maison Française, the cultural center of the Embassy of France. During the event, you’ll see portion of the 10×10 film, Girl Rising, featuring a CARE program in Peru, which will be followed by a brief discussion.
  • March 6: On the first day of the conference, we’ll learn more about critical issues that poor people grapple with each day and how CARE’s making a difference.
  • March 7: Equipped with knowledge and stories from the field, spend the last day of the conference delivering our valuable message on Capitol Hill.

The 2013 CARE Conference & International Women’s Day Celebration is a chance for you to make a meaningful impact in the lives of poor girls and women, their families and communities around the world.

Thursday, March 7 – International Center for Research on Women’s Passports to Progress: “Rude Awakening”…. Christy Turlington- Burns will be there!!

I actually saw her at the CARE conference back in 2011, but maybe this time I can get a photo op!

If you go to the CARE conference this year, you’ll have just enough time after the congressional visits to shoot on over to the Washington, D.C. National Press Club for this event.

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From ICRW:

On the eve of International Women’s Day, The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) on March 7 will host the first Passports to Progress event in honor of the organization’s new Turning Point campaign, which is working to change to course for adolescent girls worldwide.

Panelists for the March 7 event, “Rude Awakening” will discuss why violence against young women and girls has become a global epidemic and what steps need to be taken to effectively address the problem. Speakers include Michael Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer of One, Christy Turlington-Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, Kavita Ramdas, Ford Foundation’s representative in New Delhi and Stella Mukasa, director of ICRW research and programs on gender-based violence.

The discussion will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and will be moderated by Andrea Mitchell, host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Friday, March 8 – International Women’s Day Celebration at the Turkish Embassy Residence

LOVE those embassy parties. I have yet to go to one, but they are infamous in DC. The toast of the town, to be sure!

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The Ambassador of Turkey, the American Turkish Association, and the Bridge to Turkey Fund, as well as Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive Worldwide (saw her speak years ago also on Capitol Hill, she is amazing. A tour-du-force.), and the Tahrir Justice Center come together this International Women’s Day for a fundraising event not to be missed.

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That’s all I have for now, but check back as I add more events to this list! Hope to see you around.

Of course, I will be continuing to blog after all of these for those who can’t attend!

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