International Women's Day 2013 Member Center Events


Friday, March 8th is International Women's Day! Listed below are just some of the exciting events our member centers are hosting in honor of International Women's Day. Check to see if they're any events being held in your area!

   Columbia University

Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWAG)

IRWAG is hosting the “Thinking Feminism at the Limits” conference on March 7th and 8th. This conference will set out to examine the finitude of feminism as an intellectual and political project and the ways in which the critique of feminism has generated new political formations and lexicons. The keynote address will be given by Judith Butler, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and the panel to follow will include Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University; Rema Hammani, Professor of Sociology, Bizeit University; and Patricia Williams, James L. Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; among others. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Harvard Kennedy School

Women and Public Policy Program

On March 8th, the Women and Public Policy Program is hosting the event “Marginalization in Iran: Human Rights Abuses in Higher Education,” where they will be hosting a screening of “Education Under Fire,” a documentary about Iran’s recent policy to keep women from attending many university degree programs and to persecute those who have returned from higher studies. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Harvard Kennedy School will also be screening Half the Sky (Part II), a documentary series that introduces women and girls who are living under and working to change some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.  For more information on these events, click here.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Join the ICRW on March 7th for “Rude Awakening: The complex epidemic of violence young women and girls face in India and beyond.” This diverse panel of leading experts in the fields of gender, rights, and development will discuss the many ways in which violence against women- especially young women and girls- in non-conflict settings has become a global epidemic. Panelists include Michael Elliot, President/CEO of ONE; Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts and Director/Producer of “No Woman, No Cry”; and Stella Mukasa, Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW. This event is free and open to the public.  To register, click here.


UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Dr. Vandana Shiva, world-wide renowned philosopher, environmental activist, ecofeminist, and academic researcher on agricultural and women’s empowerment issues, will be giving the keynote address on International Women’s Day for the conference titled “Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neloliberalism,” which will take place at UCLA on March 8th and 9th. Dr. Shiva’s talk and the conference are free and open to the public. To reserve a ticket for this event, click here.


    University of Michigan

Center for the Education of Women (CEW)

CEW is bringing two high profile women leaders to the University of Michigan’s campus this March in honor of International Women’s Day: Donna Brazile, political strategist and media contributor; and Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, New York Times. Donna Brazile will be the keynote speaker at the Women of Color Task Force Conference on March 8th, and Jill Abramson is scheduled to speak on March 19th. Both lectures are free and open to the public.  For more information on these events, click here


    University of Oregon

Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS)

Join CSWS, the Fembot Project, and the ASUO Women’s Center at two events that will celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by teaching and encouraging our community members to become “Wikipedians” by adding women to Wikipedia’s content. On March 8th, Sarah Stierch, who trained as a fellow at the Wikimedia Foundation, will lead a Wikipedia editor’s workshop to help participants understand Wikipedia’s criteria for notability and the process for creating new entries or editing existing Wikipedia pages. On March 9th, a workshop will be held to focus on putting these new skills to the test and creating Wikipedia entries on women from a wide variety of fields.  Groups from around the world who are also engaged in this effort will join the workshop live via Google hangouts. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact

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