Female Empowerment

By: Karen Dybis | March 6, 2020

Photo Courtesy of Inforum.

Prep your best purple suit, gather your female co-workers, friends and family members together and get out there for the annual International Women’s Day events, which will take place across Michigan during the first week of March. 

International Women’s Day, symbolized by the color purple, is held annually to celebrate “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to organizers. The day also serves as a call to action, asking people across the globe to work together to fight for women’s equality across every part of life. 

The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911, and each year the event grows in terms of awareness and participation. This year’s theme is “Each for Equal,” which asks everyone to work together to create a gender equal world. The goal is to challenge stereotypes of gender, fight gender bias and celebrate women’s achievements in all areas. 

Here are some events planned around International Women’s Day around Metro Detroit.

Women Run Detroit

In its first event, organizers of Detroit’s International Women’s Day are bringing together a slate of dynamic female speakers to talk about today’s issues when it comes to gender equality. Speakers scheduled to talk include Taharah Saad, president of the Arab American Women’s Business Council, and Senator Mallow McMorrow. Food and beverages will be available at the Sunday afternoon event, which will be held at The Eastern in Detroit. 

2020 International Women’s Day Lunch

To honor the women who have made Michigan its best, the Detroit Regional Chamber will host a special International Women’s Day luncheon starting at 11 a.m. March 6 at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel. The event will highlight the role that women play in creating fair and inclusive business practices around the state and how everyone can contribute to a better Michigan.

Ladies Who Lead Luncheon

The Renaissance chapter of The Links Inc. is hosting this special Sunday luncheon to honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The event, which starts at noon at Detroit’s Colony Club, features three speakers, including keynote speaker Susan Taylor, founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, and Kim Trent, deputy director for Prosperity for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. 

Women Building Connections

Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor will host this panel, networking event and food fest in honor of Detroit’s Build Institute. The event, which starts at 1:30 p.m. March 8, will focus on the theme of local entrepreneurship, business and economics. The theme is Each for Equal, taking a look at how equity plays into the modern business world. Panelists include April Jones-Boyle, Build Institute Founder, and April Anderson, co-owner of Detroit’s popular Good Cakes and Bakes. Space is limited at this ticketed event, organizers said.

International Women’s Day Celebration – Harriet Tubman

Open your mind to what International Women’s Day means with a meal and discussion sponsored by the Community Workers League in Detroit. The Saturday evening event starts with a special meal and then will turn to a discussion about the life and times of Harriet Tubman, known for her work freeing people from slavery. The group will then share stories of the other women who have served as inspiration in their collective lives.