Celebrating Women In Labor and Business (Women’s History Month)

In the early 1980s, Congress officially requested the President designate the month of March as a national celebration of women’s history. Although it would take several years of resolutions to make it an official proclamation, celebrations began the week of March 7, 1982 now known as ‘Women’s History Week’.

1917 Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party, 1875-1938 https://www.loc.gov/resource/mnwp.160022

On this first day of March, and with this year’s theme in mind – “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” – we begin our own celebrations by sharing an array of some of the empowering events happening in Chicago throughout the month.

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You’ll also find throughout I On The Scene, articles related to women’s accomplishments in music, technology and social justice. Plus, activities that help foment unity, trust and collaboration among women.




SimplyBe Bright Personal Branding Workshop

Paramount Events, 6:00PM

Jessica Zweig and Lisa Guillot are hosting their second signature personal branding workshop for women. SimplyBe Bright is an immersive experience for females who crave clarity, purpose and direction in their personal branding. The ticket includes admission to the 2.5-hour workshop, a personal branding workbook, food and beverages courtesy of Paramount Events, and a complimentary 1-hour coaching session with Lisa Guillot post-workshop. Details here.



Women’s History Month: The Glass Ceiling, Broken or Cracked?

McGown Theater in Washington with Live Stream Available Here.

A bipartisan group of former Congresswomen discuss their paths to public service, the challenges they faced, and the obstacles they still need to overcome.



Las Cafeteras with Beats y Bateria and DJ Angelfuk

Thalia Hall, 8:30PM

This Los Angeles band of chicanos performs music which fuses traditional son jarocho and Afro-Mexican music with zapateado dancing, hip hop, spoken word and pop elements. They sing about topics of immigration and social justice. They will be joined by Chicago’s own Beats y Bateria and Angelfuk of the duo, The Ponderers. Tickets here.



Women of the Now Presents: The Rise of The Femme Pyre

Embassy Studios Chicago, 9:00PM

Join Women of The Now for a fancy dress carnival and cocktails at this evening of tarot card readings, carnival games and live entertainment. Femme Pyre will feature fire dancers, body painting, a Slow Motion Photo Booth. Formal attire suggested. Details here



Priming for Success

Metropolitan Club of Chicago, 10:00AM

THE FEMCITY Chicago Chapter is pleased to host business member Kim Serafini who will share tools to positively prime our brains for success. Learn the neuroscience and positive psychology behind Mind Power Technology (MindPT) and how harnessing the positive power and potential of our mind will help us become more creative, more innovative, more productive and more efficient! The workshop will be followed by a delicious lunch and networking. Details here.



World Chicago Presents Chicago Celebrates International Women’s Day

Union League Club of Chicago, 10:30AM

For the 16th year, WorldChicago is celebrating International Women’s Day with an annual Fair and Luncheon. This year, the keynote speaker will be Iram Shah, Senior Vice President of Customer Transformation at Schneider Electric. Ms. Shah runs The Sonia Shah Organization, a foundation started by her daughter that aims to educate girls and provide their lunches, uniforms, basic medical care, and clean drinking water in Kangra, Pakistan. Immediately prior to the luncheon, there is an International Women’s Day Fair at the same location that showcases local organizations that support women in their work. Register for your spot here.



Educating and Empowering Girls Around the World

Hilton-Asmus Contemporary, 6:30PM

Join the USNC-UN Women Chicago Chapter on Thursday, March 9th at Hilton Asmus Contemporary Gallery for a panel discussion on the topic of girls’ education and empowerment around the world. Focus areas will include the status of girls’ education and empowerment in the developing world, the status of refugee girls in Chicago, and how people can help support girls’ education and empowerment both locally and globally.



Celebrating Chicago Women: Pioneers in their Field

Harold Washington Library Center, 10:30AM

In honor of Women’s History Month, stop by Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections to view one-of-a-kind artifacts that document the history of Chicago’s female leaders. Guests will view archival artifacts and manuscripts from a variety of collections and hear the inspirational history behind the materials. Archivists Sarah and Beth co-host an open house in Harold Washington Library’s Special Collections to highlight the story of local pioneers in the Chicago Theater Collection and Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection. Details here.



WIT Leaders Shaping Our Future

kCura, 9:30AM

This is a panel of five female senior-level technology executives who will share their journeys and challenges. Join them and their esteemed speakers for inspiring & enlightening conversation. Plus, you’ll hear exciting news first-hand from Dr. Whitney and a historical presentation from NSBE Chicago. A continental breakfast will be served. Details here.


Women of Concern Luncheon

The Standard Club, 11:30AM

19th Annual luncheon honoring Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and Elizabeth Dozier of Chicago Beyond for their leadership and humanitarian work. Fundraiser for Concern, a humanitarian organization servicing in 29 countries and emergency efforts globally. Details here



Celebrate the Muslim Women Expo

Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 10:00AM

Muslim Women’s Alliance will honor and celebrate Muslim women from all sectors as they host the Celebrating Muslim Women Expo with a gala luncheon. They will honor three inspiring Muslim women leaders and also present two deserving students with the Aisha scholarship. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, email info@mwachicago.org today. Buy tickets here.



Building a New Foundation of Trust, Collaboration and Purpose Workshop 3

Loyola University Chicago – Gannon Center, 11:30AM

The third of three workshops for managers and emerging leaders that lay an important foundation for building a new type of culture in which higher quality listening, respectful communication and stronger team bonds drive all toward a shared purpose.



Intro to Self-Defense with IMPACT Chicago

Coleman Library, 1:00PM

Through activities and exercises, this workshop raises awareness of basic safety principles and tools. Topics covered: current knowledge about risks of violence and effective prevention, confidence and awareness, safe distance, strengths of a defender’s body, getting to safety and more. More information here.



Women and the Internet: A Discussion of Lindy West’s Shrill

Harold Washington Library, 6:00PM

Join a discussion of Lindy West’s Shrill. Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny…with inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Details here.

About Sandra Trevino

Sandra Trevino is a Chicago journalist and the founder of Enchufate, a website dedicated to all things Latin alternative. You can listen to her radio broadcasts every Friday morning on 91.1FM and the 2nd/4th Monday of the month via Lumpen Radio on 105.5FM. When she’s not writing or on the radio, you can find her playing music at different venues across the city as part of DJ duo The Ponderers.