What’s On: International Women’s Day
Cover image: Ady Neshoda | @adyneshoda
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for people of all genders to reflect on the progress wom*n have made, and strive to do better. However you want to commemorate the day, we’ve got you covered. Read on for what’s on in Sydney this International Women’s Day.
Sydney International Women’s Day March and Rally
~ 9th March | Hyde Park North ~
Join together, march together: for women’s rights. Starting at Archibald Fountain, the march will be a demand for social change, concluding at Belmore Park. Bring your banners!
~ 8th March | The Tea Room QVB ~
Join Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi with special guests Roanna Gonsalves and Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts for a frank and open discussion on gender and race, where the voices of women of colour are privileged.
IWD Forum – City of Ryde
~ 8th March | Ryde Civic Hall ~
Dee Madigan and UTS’ very own Jenna Price are leading the panel discussion and Q&A for this networking morning tea. It promises to be a collaborative event, led by women who have inspired change and gender balance in their fields.
~ 8th March | INCUBATE Hub ~
A career oriented event, INCUBATE brings together women from tech, startup, and science industries to share advice and inspire, with the added bonus of breakfast and snacks.
~ 8th March – 21st March | Hurstville Museum & Gallery ~
Lily Hogan and Jamie Parmaxidis explore the representation of gender roles in their photography and art, coming together for opening night on International Women’s Day.
All About Women Festival
~ 10th March | Sydney Opera House ~
Chock-full with talks, panels, and workshops, this festival is one you won’t want to miss. There’s a jam-packed schedule with something for everyone who’s interested in the past, present, and future of global intersectional feminism.
Herland: In Search of a Female Utopia opening night
~ 8th March | The Women’s Library ~
Join curator Freÿa Black and see the work of 33 women artists asking what the future will hold, and how we will reach it.
Poetry Salon (Newcastle)
~ 8th March | Hudson Street Hum ~
For anyone willing to go a bit further north, this Newcastle Poetry Salon will host original work by local women and non-binary poets, and encourages poetry fans to share their favourite work by feminist artists. As if you need any more incentive, the event will also be raising funds for local women’s group AWE.
Want to commemorate IWD from the comfort of your own home? We got you! Get together with some friends and take a day to chill out. Below are a bunch of shows, movies, podcasts, books and playlists to get you in the mood to celebrate wom*n and all we have accomplished.
If you missed it on TV the other night catch the must-see feature on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, on ABC iview. Watch even more documentaries centring badass wom*n on Netflix:
– Amy (Amy Winehouse)
– What Happened Miss Simone? (Nina Simone)
– Seeing Allred (Gloria Allred)
– Whitney: Can I Be Me (Whitney Houston)
– He Named Me Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
– Iris (Iris Apfel).
If you’re on the Netflix roll than check out the follow documentaries:
– Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
– Period. End of Sentence.
– She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.
If you’re in a more comedic, satirical mood than binge through the two seasons of GLOW on Netflix. For movies featuring strong female leads that are sure to get you giggling, chuck on: Dumplin’, Juno, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, or Mama Mia.
If you have a bunch of errands to run, pop on of these podcasts, perfect to listen to on-the-go:
– The Big Leap Show by Kathlyn Hart
– She Did it Her Way by Amanda Boleyn
– The History Chicks, Stuff Mom Never Told You by HowStuffWorks
– Call Your Girlfriend by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
– 2 Dope Queens by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.
If all you want to do is curl up on the couch surrounded by half-drunk cups of tea and house plants, that is ok too. Here are some novels, short stories, autobiographies, and poetry to keep you company:
– We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi
– The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
– Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
– Becoming by Michelle Obama
– Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
– The Color Purple by Alice Walker
– The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman
– Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade.
If you’ve got some spare $$$ at the moment why not put your money where your mouth is and donate to one of the following worthy causes:
No matter who you are, or how you identify, take time tomorrow to be grateful for the hard work and sacrifices of generations of wom*n who came before us and how we must keep pushing for change.