International Women’s Day (officially March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. National Women’s Day was first observed on February 28th, 1909.
Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions.
Canadian women’s growing engagement in entrepreneurship in recent years has been nothing short of dramatic, and recent statistics show that Alberta has the fastest growing rates of female entrepreneurs in Canada. Celebrate this trend by supporting female owned and operated businesses in your area.
In this article, we’ll talk about a few great ways to celebrate International Women’s Day in Calgary and the surrounding area.
1. Women Changing Lives – International Women’s Day Celebration at Ironwood Stage & Grill
1229 9th Ave. SE, Calgary
March 8th, 6pm – 10pm
Join the Calgary Family of Women for a presentation in support of Family of Women, and benefiting Making Changes Association. Making Changes is a community of women dedicated to helping women and teenage girls through life transitions, by providing them with skills and resources to support their pursuit of meaningful work.
There will be a presentation by guest MC and Speaker, Dr. Sherry Austin. Sherry Austin was the first female President of a local Rotary Club. She has shattered glass ceilings throughout her career and volunteer life and is sure to share what balance means to her.
There will also be a fashion show hosted by Making Changes Association, and a heartfelt musical performance by Canadian Vocalist Deanne Matley, with Jon Day on piano, Jeremy Coates on bass and Jon May on drums.
All Ages Welcome First come first served. No Reservations. Full Dinner and Drink Menu
$35 Presale Tickets. $45 at the door.
2. Getting to Equal at The Hudson
200 8 Ave SW 6th floor, Calgary
March 8th, Registration, 7am – 3pm
Presenters and panelists will share their personal career stories and discuss the unique paths they have taken to get to where they are today. Celebrated comedian, author, and mental health advocate Jessica Holmes will speak as the keynote presenter and give insight on her own experiences of dealing with depression, finding work-life balance, and re-igniting passion. Other presenters TBA.
3. Celebrate International Women Day with Ahmadiyya Muslim Women at Baitun Nur Mosque
4353 54 Ave NE, Calgary
March 9th, 3pm – 5pm
This seminar seeks to provide members of the local community with an opportunity to learn more about each other, appreciate diversity and find common grounds to work together to promote peace and harmony. Dinner will be served. There will also be informative displays, books, free henna, nail art & much more.
These are just a few of the great events going on in Calgary to celebrate International Women’s Day. You can find Women’s Day celebrations in your area by visiting the International Women’s Day website.