What can bring together conferences, fashion parades, and theatric performances from all over the world, every year? It’s one word: women.
Celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a delightful and imperative reminder of the strides women have made and continue to make every day. Taking place during Women’s History Month, IWD expresses a different theme every year. “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum” is this year’s message and promises to explore and discuss equal rights and the journey toward it.
Here in Philly, you can find plenty of insightful and fun ways to join the movement. Check out some of our suggestions:
Enjoy the Cinema
Meshes of the Afternoon
Where: International House Philadelphia (inside the Ibrahim Theater) at 3701 Chestnut Street
When: Friday, March 8th at 7pm
Directed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, in the US in 1943, this film is known as one of the most influential works in American experimental cinema. The first film in the independent avant-garde movement in film in the United States, this epic film promises both allure and excitement.
Click HERE to see the entire list of films also being featured.
Betsy Ross House
Where: 239 Arch Street
When: Every day from 10am-5pm
It’s said that this is where Betsy Ross made the first American flag. Perfect for the family, locals, and tourists, this iconic home is on full display, complete with personal belongings, details, and an interpretation of what her upholstery shop may have looked like in her flag making days. Then, visit the courtyard and enjoy storytelling, programming, and Betsy Ross herself!
Shop and Donate
Blues Babe Foundation
Where: 2233 N. Broad Street, 2nd Floor
In 2003, Philly native and superstar Jill Scott began the foundation to help girls and all future women of color in both artistic and academic endeavors. Programs benefit girls ages 9-21 in both Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. Shop their unique shirts and beautiful journals perfect for capturing inspiration. All donations will benefit activities and programs, such as Camp Jill Scott, Music in the Classrooms, and scholarships.
Click HERE to look through their gift store.
To learn more about International Women’s Day, click HERE.