International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of women and their rights, their power, their influence and their general amazing-ness. The day can be celebrated in so many different ways, some of the best ones highlighted below, but it’s important to remember why this day is one of relevance. Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 % of their male counterparts’ earnings. African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. And 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world. Women’s positions in society have changed, and they are changing still – slowly – but there is still a huge way to go. And an even longer way if you’re not Caucasian. So on International Women’s Day, we are supporting this year’s theme of #BalanceIsBetter by celebrating, accepting, supporting and standing with womxn of all ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and any other factors that may differentiate us. Intersectional feminism and gender equality are the only ways forward – and we’re here for it.
International Women’s Day 2019: How to Celebrate
Who Runs The World at FEST Camden
For when one celebration isn’t enough. This event is 3-in-1, starting with Blingo, hip-hop-themed bingo championing the brightest female stars of the music genre, from 6-10pm. Then, at 7 pm, cabaret by the celebrated Miss Polly Rae. Guests will be enticed into The Birdcage for thrilling entertainment. Finally, end the night dancing to the magical music of all-female DJs at Camden Disco Club. Paying homage to Donna Summers and Sister Sledge, this should be a really fun feel-good way to end the week. Get your tickets at festcamden.com.
Women’s Day Yoga for Charity at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Take part in this post-women’s day yoga class inspired by this year’s theme, #BalanceIsBetter. This class will see the result of four female yoga teachers exploring ‘their own unique force of nature’, in the form of a fun Vinyasa yoga class. The class is open to all genders, promoting a gender-balanced and equal society. Plus, 100% of the proceeds will go to the East London based charity Ourmala, teaching healing yoga for refugees and asylum-seekers. Tuesday 12th March, 7 – 8.30 pm. Tickets cost £15, get yours at hoxtonsquarebar.com
‘In Conversation With’ at The Ivy Soho Brasserie
One of our favourite brasseries is launching a new series of events, the first taking place on Monday 11th March. The series showcases and champions career-driven women from a variety of industries. The first event will see Lucy Williams, fashion and travel blogger and brand consultant, and Louise Troen, Vice President of Marketing at Bumble, discussing work-life balance and their struggles and experiences of being successful career women. Guests will also enjoy champagne and canapes. Monday 11th March, 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Tickets cost £35, get yours at theivycollectionevents.co.uk
Barry’s Bootcamp Special Charity Class
In this one-off charity class, Barry’s Bootcamp will celebrate every single wonderful woman who comes through the Red Room doors each week. Book your tickets and know that 100% of the profits from the tickets and anything purchased from the Fuel Bar will be donated to Action Aid. Book at barrysbootcamp.com
Female FAM Fiesta
Hidden gem FAM Bar, with a cosy family vibe and handcrafted cocktails, is hosting a female fiesta to celebrate IWD. Join internationally-renowned bartender Megs Miller in trying new cocktails, enjoying some nibbles and putting on your favourite vinyl with a group of friends. All profits go to Solace Women’s Aid and the female employees will be off work, mingling amongst the guests, whilst the male employees will work and donate their wages to symbolically support equal pay for women. Head down after work and find out more about the newly launched bar at fam.bar
Seven Dials’ Week-Long Celebration
Quirky Covent Garden area Seven Dials is celebrating women in a week-long celebration. They’ve collaborated with influential women such as Scarlett Curtis, feminist activist and curator of The Sunday Times’ ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies’ to arrange a campaign to support this year’s theme of #BalanceIsBetter and tackle gender equality. On Sunday 10th, Scarlett will host a live podcast at The Donmar Warehouse, a theatre in Seven Dials. Plus, at 33 Monmouth Street, there’ll be a pop-up hub of free activities, a safe space where ‘equality and body positivity is celebrated and encouraged’. Scarlett Curtis’s Live Podcast is on Sunday 10th March. For the full programme, visit sevendials.co.uk
Want to know more about gender equality and why it’s so imperative everyone supports it? Head to makers.com to learn 21 facts about gender equality, and be in the know. Knowledge is power!