International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Washington, DC marks the day with hundreds of free events in communities all across the Nation’s Capital:

Celebrate International Women’s Day at NMWA with us—for free!
In honor of International Women’s Day, enjoy free admission and programs! The museum will be hosting half-hour Conversation Pieces, special local D.C. vendor pop-ups, and more.
The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, usually only open on weekdays, will also welcome visitors for free.
Half-hour Conversation Pieces will be offered every hour starting at 1 p.m. with the last Conversation Piece starting at 4 p.m.

FINCA Impact Finance Fifth Annual International Women’s Day Panel: Can Access to Finance Lead to Women’s Political Empowerment? A free workshop

Does providing women access to finance play an effective enough role in empowering women politically or is there another way forward? This session will explore the rich and complicated relationship between women’s access to finance and the impact it has on women’s political empowerment. For more information

On the International front, of special mention, Washingtonian Broadcaster and Visual storyteller, Victoria Gaither, is serving as MC and speaker for the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in Kapiti, New Zealand. Gaither, an Emmy award winner, is presenting a digital photo exhibition called ‘Real New Zealand Women’ on the day to tell stories of New Zealand women. Victoria has been traveling the North Island country taking photos just for International Women’s Day. Her photo exhibition will also been seen back home in America. According to Victoria, “I photograph ladies from Wellington, Gisbourne, New Plymouth, Foxton Beach, Palmerston North, Auckland, and small towns in between.” Gaither who spent the afternoon, at the Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Levin, says it was a special day, “with amazing women as I get ready for IWD”. To learn more about the event

DC Swim Week presents 4th Anual Women in the Arts Show:

Celebrate International Women’s Day and Female Artists and Entrepreneurs changing the world. #beboldforchange #balanceforbetter. Four hours of art, music, performances, cocktails at L2 Lounge in Georgetown
Washington, DC — International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is not only a call to action for gender equality but also a celebration of women, all women! Come celebrate women and the arts in Georgetown this International Women’s Day. For more information

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