International Women’s Day – March 8

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International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements—from the political to the social—while calling for gender equality and parity. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8.

This global day celebrates the cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. It is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and charities. The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.

The theme for International Women’s Day this year, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. The theme begins with making sure that women’s and girls’ needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations. It means building smart solutions that go beyond acknowledging the gender gaps to addressing the needs of men and women equally. It also is a day to remind all people to not stereotype or pigeon-hole women into a certain status or class.

Locally, the DeKalb Area Women’s Center has an event called “Celebrating Women on the Ballot” tonight from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Designed to celebrate the participation of women in politics, their display consists of a comprehensive collection of yard signs from 1928 to now promoting female candidates.

Join them at “the lighthouse” aka Majakka Hall (1021 State Street in DeKalb) as they shed light on the history of women on the ballot in DeKalb County. Event includes refreshments and a community discussion with previous candidates about their experience running for office.

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