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International Women’s Day 2021 Events

Despite International Women’s Day looking a little different this year, organizations are still celebrating women’s empowerment across the globe. We’ve compiled a list of virtual events for the week of International Women’s Day so you can observe the day from anywhere. You can also join the conversation online by using hashtags #internationalwomensday and #ChoosetoChallenge (which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day).  

  • International Women’s Day 2021: The future of defense and security hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security 
    • Monday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST
    • This event will feature a fireside roundtable with The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, on the future of international security and defense and advice for women (and men) in the security field. The fireside conversation will be followed by an expert panel reacting to a series of short pitches from our next-generation authors related to their recent work on gender and security. Join the Atlantic Council to hear provocative ideas for transforming the way we approach security strategy and policy, including how to lift up the voices of women who are redefining the frontiers of this field.  Register for the event here.
  • The Coalition for Women’s Appointments: Celebrate International Women’s Day
    • The Coalition for Women’s Appointments and the National Women’s Political Caucus invite you to join them for two free webinars on Monday, March 8th, 2021. RSVP here! The webinars focus on how to expand your reach through public speaking and how to apply for political appointment in the Biden-Harris administration.
  • United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day
    • Monday, March 8, 10 a.m. EST to 12:30 p.m. EST
    • The theme for the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, on the way to the Generation Equality Forum.” The Observance will feature high-level dignitaries from the United Nations and governments, as well as other gender equality advocates and champions. Speakers including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Executive Director of UN Women and Eva Longoria will offer reflections on the day’s theme and amplify the work of the upcoming Generation Equality Forums. The event will also include musical performances by Angelica Hale, the Pihcintu Chorus and Broadway singers. Register for the event here.
  • Bay Path University and The Springfield Museums’ On the Move Forum to Advance Women
    • Monday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
    • Join Baypath University and Springfield Museums for “Women in Leadership: This Is What Change Looks Like – Past, Present, and Future.” An intergenerational, cross-cultural, gender-inclusive, history-infused conversation focused on the advancement of women. The event features keynote speaker Dr. Laura Lovett, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and author of With Her First Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Activism and other special participants. Register for the event here
  • Celebrate and Choose to Challenge with the WIT Network 
    • Monday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. EST to  2:00 p.m. EST
    • Join The WIT Network as they come together for our 3rd International Women‘s Day Conference to celebrate around the world, in our communities and in the technology industry. This year’s International Women‘s Day theme, “Choose To Challenge,” is very powerful as equity, workplace flexibility and support are critical during these challenging times of the pandemic. The event will feature speakers, prizes, networking and new connections. Register for the event here.
  • Women In Bio How We Lead – Perspectives from Two Key Biotechnology Hubs in North America
    • Monday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
    • Join WIB-Greater Montreal and WIB-Greater Boston for a discussion of the landscape in Quebec and Massachusetts and biotech leaders’ perspectives on challenges/obstacles faced, leadership styles, where do we want to be, and how do we get there. The event will be facilitated by journalist-columnist Tasha Kheiriddin with panelists from Québec and from Massachusetts. Register for the event here
  • Voices of Women Summit
    • Monday, March 8, 12:00 p.m.
    • Join 100+ amazing women speakers, from more than 15 countries around the globe, on the Voices of Women Summit, in honor of International Women’s Day! These speakers are an incredible array of women leaders bringing their brilliance to serve the greater good and contribute their zone of genius to the world. Speakers, from around the globe, will share secrets on topics like:
      • Getting more speaking gigs and events that are profitable and impactful
      • You Are One Conversation Away From Changing The World
      • Keep Your Cash. Send your kids to college on other people’s money
      • Creating Radiant Relationships with Sizzling S*x – without the Shame
      • Lessons from a career in a male-dominated niche
      • The secret of selling is serving
      • You’re More Than Enough
      • 7 Freedoms –  How to Map Your Pattern Of Success
      • 5 mistakes entrepreneurs make that destroy their profit. 
      • How to Rock a TED Talk!
    • Register for the event here
  • Harvard Kennedy School’s International Women’s Day: A Conversation with Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Rangita de Silva de Alwis
    • Monday, March 8, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
    • Join the Women and Public Policy Program for an enlightening conversation on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which became effective in the UN in 1981 and has been ratified by 189 countries, not including the United States. The discussion will be led by CEDAW experts Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the first US Ambassador on Global Women’s Issues, and WAPPP Leader in Practice Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Senior Adjunct Professor of Law and Global Leadership and Associate Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The event will include a discussion on their UN Report “‘Time is a-wasting’: Making the Case for CEDAW,” followed by time for community engagement and reflection. Register for the event here
  • International Women’s Day hosted by Creative Woman
    • Monday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
    • Join the Creative Woman to celebrate International Women’s Day virtually. They’re celebrating years of supporting the success and growth of strong women with an evening of thoughtful conversations with attendees and networking. Hosted by President + Founder, Vanessa Farino. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an intimate setting and to network with powerhouse women. All proceeds are donated to the Malala Fund. Register for the event here
  • International Women’s Day Conversation with Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi
    • Monday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. EST
    • Join Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi – along with special guests Amanda Gorman and Chrissy Teigen – for a virtual conversation on International Women’s Day. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from these incredible trailblazers, as they answer your questions about the future of our democracy, women’s leadership, and more. Anything you donate will help elect women candidates and other Democrats running for office across the country. Register for the event here. Register for the event here
  • Project W x Rogue Women’s International Women’s Day Celebration
    • Monday, March 8 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST
    • Project W’s Women Owning the C-Suite and Rogue Women’s Fund are celebrating International Women’s Day with women who are breaking barriers and leading the effort for global change. Speakers include:
      • Stef Strack, CEO & Founder of Voice in Sport
      • Zuhra Hakim, Afghanistan Citizen’s Charter Project, World Bank
      • Claire Schmidt, CEO & Founder, All Voices
    • Register for the event here
  • Women in Tech Tech(K)Now Day
    • Monday, March 8
    • TECH(K)NOW Day is a twice-yearly Women in Tech conference. This year, as it’s not possible to have in-person events yet, Tech(K)Now is holding a round-the-clock virtual event. The conference will showcase women in tech (cis, trans, non-binary) and their craft, through a variety of talks as well as career, personal development, startups, business, strategy and inspirational talks. Register for the event here
  • AllBright International Women’s Day 24-Hour Global Summit
    • Monday, March 8
    • AllBright will be hosting motivational talks and panel events from global thought leaders, change makers, and experts, as we work to change the narrative for every woman worldwide. Discussion topics include ending systemic gender inequality, inclusion, and women driving cultural change. Register for the event here
  • SheEO Summit 2021
    • Monday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 9
    • Hear from cutting-edge thinkers, innovators, and women working on the World’s To-Do List on what’s next for the economy, education, food security, housing, and more. Participate in main stage content and breakout workshops on Indigenous wisdom, social justice and the latest in behavioral neuroscience. Register for the event here.
  • Women Accelerators Diversity in STEM Panel
    • Wednesday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST
    • In our current political, social, cultural climate a resounding call for diversity and inclusion can be heard. In celebration of the International Women’s Week. The Innovation Hub and Women Accelerators are co hosting a panel discussion to learn more about topics from experts in STEM fields such as:
      • Diversity in engineering, sciences and academia
      • Diversity and Bias in scholarly publishing
      • Combating a lack of diversity in the workplace
      • Personal experiences of a lack of diversity in STEM
      • How to support women and the next generation of STEM professionals
      • How to facilitate and create environments conducive for inclusion
    • Register for the event here
  • Women in Cloud – International Women’s Day 2021
    • Friday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST
    • The Women in Cloud Summit is a one-day, life-changing event for women tech entrepreneurs, corporate and community leaders, policy makers, and allies from around the globe. Women are key drivers of economic growth, and the Summit strives to change the industry narrative by creating economic access for women in the cloud economy. All genders and allies of women in tech entrepreneurs and community are welcome to participate in the Summit. Register for the event here

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