March 03, 2020
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year focuses on the theme Each for Equal because an equal world is an enabled world. We’ve put together a list of events across the region to come out and celebrate IWD 2020.
Distinguished women leaders from around the region will discuss ways businesses can foster diversity of thought and encourage all their employees to have a voice. Attendees are encouraged to bring personal care or hygiene products for donation to Zaman International, an organization with the mission to break the poverty cycle for women and children by providing basic needs assistance, vocational training, and literary assistance.
For an artistic approach to Women’s History Day, join the Duffield Branch of the Detroit Public Library for a creative celebration of women. Guests will follow along with the host, local artist Vera Smith, and craft an accordion-style art book using simple materials.
The Charles H. Wright Museum and We Found Hip Hop will offer a portrayal of women in media, counter to the sexual harassment, gender, and race discrimination that is often the norm. This event will inform and empower women and girls through a showing of “Detroit Women in Hip Hop,” followed by a discussion led by film creator, Piper Carter, and Nina Payne. There will also be live performances by several of the city’s incredible artists and an open mic cipher.
Grab your girlfriends and treat yourself to an evening of celebration and inspiration. Ticket purchase includes a strolling dinner, open bar with specialty drinks, plus a DJ and live music. Speaking at the event will be Wendy Steele, the founder of Impact100, an organization founded with the goal of promoting collective philanthropy among women.
A women’s empowerment luncheon honoring International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month featuring Susan Taylor, Founder and CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of Essence Magazine; Rhonda Walker, WDIV News Anchor and President and Founder of the Rhonda Walker Foundation; Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, National President of The Links, Inc. and Kim Trent, Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of LEO.
Prim & Prosper, Inc. is celebrating both International Women’s Day and its two-year anniversary by hosting a brunch focused on the next generation of Detroit’s young women. The event will center around good food, sharing laughs, and giving back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from the brunch will benefit Prim & Prosper, an organization focused on encouraging women through mentorship, career and college preparation, philanthropy, and health and wellness.
Come show support for support local female-owned small business at the Curated Lifestyle Boutique International Women’s Day event. There will be unique clothing, jewelry, accessories, and gift items from all over the globe for sale, as well as product samples and prize draws.
Your Lady Biz will host a purpose-driven lunch featuring a focused discussion on advocacy for women in the healthcare setting. The event will include filling out a patient advocate form and a birth plan. In attendance will be Vanessa McKenzie, a registered labor and delivery nurse who aims to provide evidence-based education and resources to women, especially those who are underserved, and Shaunté Wilcher, a licensed Michigan attorney with a background in the preparation of key estate planning documents.
On International Women’s Day, join WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit) at the Bloomfield Township Public Library for an international and interfaith panel discussion on immigration. Panelists will discuss their experiences, triumphs, and heartbreaks in their journey to America. WISDOM’s mission is to unite people from different faith traditions, ethnicities, races, and cultures in an atmosphere of safety and respect to engage in educational and community service projects.
This year the Turkish-American Cultural Association of Michigan will celebrate International Women’s Day with an exhibit of paintings by Elif Yilmaz, an artist and creative consultant based in Windsor, Ontario. The program will continue with a screening of “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” to increase awareness about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the second leading cancer in women.
Come out for a celebration of women and the resources they carry to empower the community, state, and country. Attend a fabulous tea party of like-minded women who work together to achieve a progressive, equal, and inclusive community. There will be a panel discussion on Women in Media followed by high powered networking. All proceeds will go to Mai Family Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women in abusive situations.
Detroit Girl Squad has partnered with a coalition of local organizations for the first annual International Women’s Day Detroit celebration. The event will unite women from all cultural, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds to lift their voices together to bring awareness to gender equality. A portion of the proceeds will go to Michigan Women Forward, an organization dedicated to women’s success and equal opportunity for over 34 years.