National Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America. This came after 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City in 1908, vocalising their desperate need for better working conditions, pay and the right to vote in 1908.
Fast forward to 2019, and the women behind International Women's Day, or #IWD2019, are gearing up for this year's mission - #BalanceforBetter - on Friday, March 8.
It's a time to recognise the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, but it's ultimately a call for global activism, to "galvanise continuous collective action" and fight for gender equality. What better place to celebrate women and call for change than in Canberra, this little decision-making capital of ours.
BREAKFAST WITH MADELINE STUART
Madeline Stuart, the world's first professional model with Down Syndrome, has strutted down more than 100 runways around the world. After New York, London and Paris, the 22 year old is coming to Canberra to discuss diversity and inclusion. National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Thursday, March 7. 7.30-10.45am. Tickets via Eventfinda. $119-159.
CANAPES WITH SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL
Celebrate #IWD2019 by meeting with other Canberran women over canapes, drinks and a view. Zoya Patel, author of No Country Woman: A Memoir of Not Belonging, is set to be guest speaker. The Deck on Regatta Point, Parkes. Friday March 8.5.30-7.30pm. Tickets via Eventbrite. $52.
A TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN
Multimedia series A Twentieth Century Woman will explore the memories of elderly women through photography and audio recordings. The exhibition has been created by Holly Murney, recipient of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2018 EASS Award. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. From Friday 8 March, 6pm. More information via Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Free.
LOUD AND LUMINOUS SYMPOSIUM
Support local artists and experience talks from award-winning photographers and gallery curators at the Loud and Luminous Symposium. All funds raised from ticket sales will be used to assist local artists with the costs associated with producing new photographic exhibitions. ANU School of Art & Design, Acton. Friday, March 8. 9.30am-5.30pm. Tickets via Eventbrite. $10-100.
UNITED NATIONS LUNCH
Celebrate International Women’s Day at the United Nations Women National Committee's annual lunch. Exhibition Hall, National Convention Centre, Civic. Tickets via Humanitix. $84-99.
WOMEN IN FOCUS
A panel of social change makers, board directors and community leaders will explore the barriers women face and how they're being tackled. $20 from every ticket will contribute to programs that support women who face challenges accessing adequate opportunity. The Deck at Regatta Point, Parkes. Wednesday, March 6. 7-9am. Tickets via Eventbrite. $88.
ANNE SUMMERS AND VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER 'IN CONVERSATION'
Anne Summers and the director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Virginia Haussegger, will speak on issues including parliament, sexism and bullying. With these two in the same room, it will be epic. Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, Bruce. Thursday, March 7 6-8pm. Join the waitlist at Eventbrite. Free.
TELL IT SISTERS COMEDY
For all the fools who insist that women can't be funny, check out the Tell It Sisters comedy showcase. The hilarious line-up includes Steph Tisdell, Lauren Duong, Tanya Losanno and Laura Campbell, and local comic Chris Ryan as host. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Friday March 8. 8pm. Tickets via Try Booking. $25.
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