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How to celebrate International Women's Day in Milwaukee

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange via the official International Women's Day website.  The organization is calling on the masses to take bold actions to help drive gender parity; educate boys about stereotypes and violence against women; nominate women for senior jobs; mentor a woman; and more.

There are many ways to celebrate and take part in International Women's Day in Milwaukee today. Below is a list for you to check out.

Lady Business Event

Support certain local, women owned businesses today and they will donate a percentage of their earning to the Milwaukee Women's Center. This event is in solidarity with 'A Day Without A Woman.'  You find out which businesses are taking part here.

35 Days of Don't

Honor International Women's Day by celebrating women & femmes doing as they damn well please.

Enjoy a photography show inspired by a laughable list of fashion DON'Ts for women, created by the men of Reddit. More than five hundred people nationwide have responded by photographing themselves wearing each DON'T. In a culture that promotes the tailoring of women to please men, this project resonates deeply with many women who feel they are constantly struggling to define their own representations of beauty amidst a barrage of tips for how to be more appealing to men.Makeup artist Cait Ciaccio will be onsite providing makeup looks from the DON'T list to attendees.

Milwaukee photographer Flow Johnson will take portraits at the show. You are enthusiastically encouraged to arrive decked out in your favorite fashion DON'Ts. Artwork by Smokey Road Press, Victoria Marie Bee, Maudlyn Claire, Kat Klaus, and others will be available for sale. UWM Students will also host a supply and donation drive for menstruation necessities, donated to homeless and incarcerated people. Photography and art sales will benefit the IWW General Defense Committee.

35 Days of Don't at Groovy Dog Gallery (2401 N Weil Street)

7pm: Doors
8pm: Poetry performace by Milwaukee poets, featuring Freesia Mckee
10pm: Burlesque performance by Zara Estelle & Lavish Jules

International Women's Day Film Screening at Sugar Maple

At 7pm, Sugar Maple will host a screening of the 2014 film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry."

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Beginning at 6pm, Sugar Maple will take dollar off all tap beers from Women-Owned Breweries Metropolitan, New Belgium and New Glarus. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Women's Center.

International Women's Day Tap Take Over at Palomino

All Honeypie & Palomino taps will be taken over by breweries lead by women and 20% of our entire proceeds for the day will be donated to the Women's Center Milwaukee. This event is in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman. Find more details about the Tap Take Over here.

City of Milwaukee

In honor of International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8, 2017), Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs announced that the City of Milwaukee will be honoring notable women in the city’s history with a series of informational vignettes that will run on the front page of the city’s website and the City Channel. “From influential international leaders to entrepreneurs to civil rights icons, women have shaped our city since its founding,” Alderwoman Coggs said.

The Women’s History Milwaukee initiative will highlight seven iconic local figures in history—one each day over the course of a week. During this informational campaign, photos and facts about the women of Milwaukee’s history will be featured on this page, and these same informational vignettes will also run regularly during City Channel programming.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee