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Five great ways to celebrate International Women's Day this weekend

Written by
Jillian Anthony

Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day, and we want to celebrate! This day of solidarity and recognition of gender inequalities has been observed since the early 1900s, when women first fought for better pay and voting rights in the United States. Incredible women through the years have battled for women's rights in labor, politics and society, but there's still work to be done. We gathered some of the best events going on in the city this week so you can join people everywhere in recognizing this year's theme, "Make it happen," with all the women pushing for equality every day around the world. And remember to wear purple, the rallying color of the Sufragettes!  

  • Tavi Gevinson at Brooklyn Museum- The editor of Rookie magazine and recent Broadway star will appear in conversation at the museum's First Saturdays celebration. The show starts at 8pm, but free tickets will be given out starting at 7pm at the visitor's center (get there early). The whole day is dedicated to Women Changemakers, so check out the lineup including a film from Women Make Movies, pop-up talks on artworks in the museum created by women and live music. 
  • March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights- March with New Yorkers in solidarity at this event co-hosted by UN Women and the City of New York. Meet at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue at 1:30pm (march starts at 2:40pm) and make your way to Times Square alongside Nobel Laureate Leyman Roberta Gbowee, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and actors Paul Bettany, AnnaLynne McCord and Kelly Rutherford. 
  • International Women's Day March- Head to Herald Square Plaza (34th Street and Broadway) to join the International Women's Day Coalition to "march and speak out against police brutality and terror, state repression and militarization," as well as honor black women and black lives lost.
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon- Art + Feminism hosts an all-day effort (Saturday, March 7, 11am–5pm) to update Wikipedia pages on subjects exploring feminism and women in art. They'll provide tutorials on how to get started, reference materials, childcare and refreshments—all you need to bring is your laptop, power cord and ideas for page updates. Free, but RSVP is recommended.
  • Make Her Way: poetry at McNally Jackson- Female poets Kimberly Lyons, Patricia Spears Jones and Laynie Brown read some of their works at this free event (7pm) presented by the Belladonna* Cooperative, an organization promoting women writers ever day.

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