Nestled in Women's History Month is International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8, which focuses on the idea of "#PressforProgress," or pushing for gender equality. Below, we've compiled all the ways to observe the holiday in Seattle on Thursday and throughout the rest of the week, from the International Women's Day Pub Crawl to the Safety Is Our Right! International Women's Day Rally. Plus, check out our list of women-owned restaurants in Seattle, or our complete Women's History Month calendar for events happening beyond this week.
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After a screening of America Rise, a documentary about the nationwide Womxn's Marches, hear from a panel of inspiring local women. Speakers include Citizen University's Kayla DeMonte, Eat with Muslims' Fathia Absie, Amplifier's Cleo Barnett, and America Rise directors Sarah Kennedy and Brian Overholt.
Be Bold Seattle: International Women's Day
The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Report estimated the date for full gender equality throughout the world as 217 years in the future. At this celebration of International Women’s Day, speakers will hold forth on how to speed up the processes of gender justice and parity.
Bill & Melinda Gates Women's Day
Hear a panel discussion focused on "the role health plays in setting a foundation for women and girls’ progress and success," then check out the Discovery Center’s new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.
Cocktails for a Cause
At this fundraiser for Legal Voice (an organization that helps marginalized communities in Seattle understand their rights and the legal system), enjoy an evening of cocktail-drinking and mingling.
Dino's Birthday Party
Dino's Tomato Pie will celebrate two years of pizza-making and will raise money for the Jubilee Women's Center. Sing your heart out at karaoke for the chance to win a $100 or $200 gift card, and take advantage of drink specials and $2 Rainier cans.
International Women's Day at Lost Lake
In representation of the current pay gap in America, all women get 22% off their bill at Lost Lake for International Women's Day.
International Women's Day Meet-Up
Süreyya Gökeri, the owner of Cafe Turko, will talk about both the history of the family-owned restaurant and her most recent trip to Turkey at this dinner hosted by the Intentionalist.
International Women's Day Pub Crawl
This isn't your average bar crawl: for International Women's Day, venture out to three participating women-owned bars and businesses to support Northwest Abortion Access Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Foundation. Bonus: You'll get a free pint glass from Floating Bridge Brewing and a free beer from the Blue Moon. Kate's Pub will also participate.
Jessica Westgren Opening Reception
The prescription eyeglass chain will showcase work by women artists around the world. See photography, illustrations, paintings, ceramics, and more at this International Women's Day exhibit.
#Pressforprogress Girl Rising
Hear a keynote speech from a Planned Parenthood representative and honor the winners of the Press for Progress and Change Makers awards at this UN International Women's Day celebration.
ReWA International Women's Day
Enjoy food, dance, performances, and "cultural displays" at this Women's Day celebration.
Safety Is Our Right! International Women's Day Rally
Join council member Kshama Sawant and others in protesting sexual violence and harassment, condemning politicians who associate with the NRA, and promoting safe communities and universal health care.
Taking Charge of Your Success
Join Jenny Galluzzo and Gina Hadley of the Second Shift and Amy Nelson of the Riveter as they lead a discussion on the importance of community and women empowerment in the workplace.
Women and Beer
Drink beer while you listen to Fremont Brewing's Sara Nelson and Stoup Brewing's Robyn Schumacher talk about their experiences in the brewing industry.
Working Women's Day
Join the Womxn of Color & Families Marching Contingent and other local organizations on International Women's Day for a potluck, story-sharing, and music.
Meaningful Movies: Girl Rising
Richard E. Robbins's latest documentary, Girl Rising, follows nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan as they fight for their education in the face of arranged marriages, child slavery, and other injustices.
New Holly Gathering Hall Women's Day
Enjoy dancing, food, and diverse cultural traditions to honor International Women's Day. There will also be henna, "pampering," crafts, and a short film screening.
International Women's Day Speed Mentorship
Jump around to seven-minute mentorship sessions with local women leaders from the Young Professionals International Network. You'll learn about business opportunities and get the chance to chat with mentors one-on-one.
Promoting Black Women Diaspora in Business
This Women's Week event will start with brunch and networking before moving onto a panel discussion with small business owners, keynote speeches from Patt Butler Lathan and Seconde Nimenya, and a market featuring goods from black women-owned businesses.
Women's Day Pop-Up Shop
Celebrate local womxn-owned businesses, artists, and makers at this pop-up market featuring stationery designer Anika Zebron and jewelry designer Cosmic Twin.
Womxn Who Rock (un)Conference
Join musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, scholars, and activists in exploring the role of womxn in Seattle’s historic jazz scene, and learn how womxn artists are "claiming space in a changing city." Activities include workshops, performances, kids' activities, and a tour of Seattle on the Spot: the Photographs of Al Smith.
Na Wahine O Ka Mana Summit
Hear lectures and presentations on issues related to women's empowerment, from artificial intelligence and women in STEM to "reconciling our differences through indigenous practices."
This concert presented by Women Who Score will spotlight women composers who have been overshadowed and silenced throughout history, with pieces by composers Amy Beach, Louise Farrenc, Libby Larsen, and Clara Schumann, and introduced by Olympic gold medalist, Nadia Comaneci.
Working Women Rise Up: Many Fronts, One Struggle
Local grassroots organizers will discuss how to build a "powerful, multi-racial movement" led by working and poor women. Topics will include the fight against sexual harassment in city employment, indigenous and environmental rights, affordable housing, immigrant rights, and labor justice for women.