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International Women’s Day Celebration honors the vision of a more equal future 

click to enlarge Guests at the 2017 International Women's Day Celebration find inspiration in portraits from the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY COMMITTEE
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs International Women's Day committee
  • Guests at the 2017 International Women's Day Celebration find inspiration in portraits from the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
The fight for women’s equality continues, but even the toughest heroes need a day of reprieve. The Colorado Springs International Women’s Day celebration creates an opportunity for local women to cheer their accomplishments, honor those championing equality — and strategize how to keep the movement strong.

While the official International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8 since the early 1900s, the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day committee has chosen to host its local celebration on the first Saturday in March every year. Lynette Jones, who serves as the co-chair of the 2018 committee, says this date shift makes it accessible to more women.

“We’re very excited about our event,” says Jones. “We love seeing women from throughout the entire city join us for inspiration and empowerment.”

This year’s theme is “Planet 50/50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” and will feature a catered brunch, multiple speakers and discussions tackling the topic of creating a 50/50 world. Past themes have included a focus on women and science, ending violence against women and making an international impact from the local level.
Deb Walker, the executive director of Citizens Project, will emcee the morning’s agenda, and speakers include keynote Leslie Erway Wright, United Nations International Committee Chair for Zonta International; Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services; and Dr. Regina A. Lewis, director of Regina Speaking and department chair of communications at Pikes Peak Community College.

The event will also feature a screening of the documentary 50/50 followed by a short discussion. Jones describes the film as an exploration of the 10,000-year history of women and an examination of what it will take to create a world that is truly equal going forward.

“I love the overall goal of the event,” says Jones. “We want to celebrate and inspire women and to meet all of the attendees who inspire us.”


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