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International Women’s Day 2018: Where to celebrate in the D.C. area

From panel discussions to supporting small businesses, see what fun activities will occur throughout the month of March

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Throughout the month of March, women’s history is celebrated. At first, though, Women’s History Month wasn’t a month at all, but a week-long celebration with dozens of schools and over 100 community women participating in events. The week-long event was created by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women in 1978. It wasn’t until 1980 when President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation that declared the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. Six years later, Congress declared the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month.

For those who want to celebrate this achievement, there are a range of events throughout the city that are totally focused on women’s history. One of the best places to start is to check out the D.C. Public Library system for their variety of events, from movies to re-enactors to a live punk show. For other events, see the map below.

Note: The following mapped locations have been ordered geographically, from the most north to the most south.

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Women Leaders Around the World: Entrepreneurs, Educators, and Policymakers

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This Thursday, WeWork’s Dupont Circle location will offer cocktails and conversation beginning at 5 p.m. A program at 6 p.m. will feature speakers like Asha Sharma Anthony, managing director for the D.C. chapter of the Society for International Development, and Sarah Bruno, executive director of the Public Leadership Education Network. The topic of discussion will be about what ways the public can support women leaders right now. This event is hosted by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, the Malala Fund, and the Public Leadership Education Network.

Dupont Circle Fountain
Dupont Circle.
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ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, this cidery will offer an evening of ciders (made from women-owned cideries), cocktails, and women’s health initiatives. Donations from this event on Thursday will benefit Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

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Women In the Arts: Pop-up Gallery and Happy Hour

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Starting at 6:30 p.m. and running through 10 p.m., the L2 Lounge & Events Venue will host an International Women’s Day celebration with four hours of art, music, and cocktails. Local artists will be featured, including Atousa Raissyan, Irene Clouthier, and Dominique Fierro.

Cady's Alley NW.
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International Women’s Day Forum

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Be sure to reserve your spot before this event is sold out. From March 6 through March 7, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State will gather more than 300 stakeholders to talk about gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community. This year’s guests include Carly Fiorina, Elizabeth Weingarten, Kate Wilson, and Theresa Harrison. Can’t go to the event? Check out the webcast (located near the bottom of the webpage before the Featured Speakers section).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
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International Women’s Day Panel on North Korean Women

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On March 8, GW THiNK will present their third annual International Women’s Day panel discussion, this time focused on problems faced by North Korean women in the DPRK and as refugees in China. Joining the event as hosts are the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. This event will be located at the Marvin Center Betts Theatre at George Washington University.

21st Street NW.
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Women on the Rise: A Leadership Dialogue

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Amongst high-level women across government, learn about career navigation strategies and discuss how to inspire the younger generation to pursue government fields. There will also be a panel with guests that will include Assistant to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff Kathleen Miller, U.S. Postal Service Director of Small Business Engagement Mary P. Anderson, and National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Physicist Dr. Njema Frazier. This event will be on March 20 in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s main auditorium.

Inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Photo via Google Street View

Women Leaders Around the World: Entrepreneurs, Educators, and Policymakers

This Thursday, WeWork’s Dupont Circle location will offer cocktails and conversation beginning at 5 p.m. A program at 6 p.m. will feature speakers like Asha Sharma Anthony, managing director for the D.C. chapter of the Society for International Development, and Sarah Bruno, executive director of the Public Leadership Education Network. The topic of discussion will be about what ways the public can support women leaders right now. This event is hosted by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, the Malala Fund, and the Public Leadership Education Network.

Dupont Circle Fountain
Dupont Circle.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this cidery will offer an evening of ciders (made from women-owned cideries), cocktails, and women’s health initiatives. Donations from this event on Thursday will benefit Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

A post shared by ANXO Cidery (@anxocider) on

Women In the Arts: Pop-up Gallery and Happy Hour

Starting at 6:30 p.m. and running through 10 p.m., the L2 Lounge & Events Venue will host an International Women’s Day celebration with four hours of art, music, and cocktails. Local artists will be featured, including Atousa Raissyan, Irene Clouthier, and Dominique Fierro.

Cady's Alley NW.
Photo via Google Street View

International Women’s Day Forum

Be sure to reserve your spot before this event is sold out. From March 6 through March 7, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State will gather more than 300 stakeholders to talk about gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community. This year’s guests include Carly Fiorina, Elizabeth Weingarten, Kate Wilson, and Theresa Harrison. Can’t go to the event? Check out the webcast (located near the bottom of the webpage before the Featured Speakers section).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Photo via Google Street View

International Women’s Day Panel on North Korean Women

On March 8, GW THiNK will present their third annual International Women’s Day panel discussion, this time focused on problems faced by North Korean women in the DPRK and as refugees in China. Joining the event as hosts are the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. This event will be located at the Marvin Center Betts Theatre at George Washington University.

21st Street NW.
Photo via Google Street View

Women on the Rise: A Leadership Dialogue

Amongst high-level women across government, learn about career navigation strategies and discuss how to inspire the younger generation to pursue government fields. There will also be a panel with guests that will include Assistant to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff Kathleen Miller, U.S. Postal Service Director of Small Business Engagement Mary P. Anderson, and National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Physicist Dr. Njema Frazier. This event will be on March 20 in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s main auditorium.

Inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Photo via Google Street View