9 ways to get involved in this year’s International Women’s Day

Image via Maddie Roux/Supré The Power Project
Words by Emily Lumsden

Girl power.

International Women’s Day is just around the corner, which is a great excuse to celebrate the achievements of all the wonderful women in our lives.

Come March 8, there’ll be a whole host of events for you to get involved in, from artist talks to luncheons, exhibitions and more.

If you’re not quite sure where to begin, we’ve compiled a list of brands and events that are all celebrating this special day.

Arnsdorf x International Women’s Day

If you’re wanting to celebrate early, this panel is one to attend. Led by Arnsdorf’s founder and creative director, Jade Sarina Arnott, the discussion will involve women from all different professional backgrounds sharing their inspirational stories.

You can expect to hear from Sarah Kaur – Chief Operations Officer of Portable, Emma Pelka-Caven – Practice Group Leader of Slater and Gordon, Susanne Newton –Deputy Mayor of Darebin and Dr Holly Keane – surgeon.

517 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC

Thursday March 7, 6pm – 8pm
Register here.

Supré’s The Power Project campaign

In celebration of March 8, Supré has launched The Power Project to give 12 female artists a platform to showcase their various works. As part of the campaign, each artist was asked to create a bespoke piece, based on their interpretation of The Power Project manifesto. Among the mix, you can expect to see the works of local and international artists including Charlotte Allingham, Olivia Carniato, Maddie Roux and Viktoria Cichoń.

Also on offer are a select range of International Women’s Day tees, with 10% of every purchase going towards the Supré Foundation.

View the artist’s work here, and head here to get your hands on a tee.

Kat Bak, Romantica

This one is for all the artists out there. Based in Byron Bay, Kat Bak is presenting her exhibition, Romantica. The exhibit is part of Newrybar Merchant’s Pop-Up Artists program, and will include Bak’s abstract life drawings of the female form.

Newrybar Merchants
19 Old Pacific Highway
Newrybar NSW

Friday March 8
More information here.

International Women’s Day Lunch for Dress For Success

If you’re keen to continue the conversation on women’s rights and equality, this lunch is your next destination.

The Workplace, an (unintentional) all-female law firm, is holding a lunch for exactly that. With all the profits going towards Dress For Success, the lunch will include discussions from Dr Kerryn Phelps – Independent Member for Wentworth, Ann Sherry – Chairman of Carnival Australia and Justin Greiner – CEO of JBWere.

Establishment Ballroom
252 George Street
Sydney NSW

Friday March 8, 12pm
Tickets here.

International Women’s Day: Designing the Modern Woman Couturières of the Early 20th Century

For those interested in delving into the history of fashion, a special breakfast is being held at the NGV International. Looking at French couturières Jeanne Paquin, Jeanne Lanvin and Madeleine Vionnet, speaker April Calahan will discuss how these designers redefined fashion for women today. This event is currently booked out, but you can sign up to a waitlist in case more tickets become available.

­­­­NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC

Friday March 8, 7.30am – 9.30am
To be put on the waiting list head here.

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival – Runway 5

VAMFF’s Runway 5 falls on March 8 this year, and fittingly, you can expect to see an all-female designer lineup. The list boasts the likes of Alice McCALL, Bec & Bridge, We Are Kindred, C/MEO Collective, Tigerlily, White Story and Finders Keepers to name a few.

Showroom I, Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC

Friday March 8, 7pm
Tickets available for purchase here.

kikki.K There She Is collection

If you’re unable to attend any of the above events, kikki.K is launching a collection specifically for IWD. There She Is features hand-drawn illustrations along with empowering quotes to get you inspired this International Women’s Day. The collection spans greeting cards, pens, wallets and notebooks, and is available to shop online and in-store.

View the collection here.

Yoga On The Yarra

Set your alarm clock – Melbourne’s Arbory Afloat has teamed up with Happy Melon Studios for a very special yoga session. Tying in with this year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’, a free yoga event will be held at the floating bar for one and for all. The 60-minute session is open to beginners as well as master yogis, and will be led by Happy Melon senior instructor Amy Dunstan. You’ll be served a light breakfast and a juice to kickstart your morning, with yoga mats provided by Lululemon.

Arbory Afloat
2 Flinders Walk
Melbourne VIC

Friday March 8, from 7am
Register here.

i=Change’s Shop for Change Initiative

Make a difference with your dollar this International Women’s Day, thanks to i=Change’s Shop for Change initiative. For 24 hours on March 8, participating retailers (like Alias Mae) will donate an extra $1-$5 from every sale towards organisations helping women around the world. Alias Mae, in particular, is donating $5 from every purchase, to charities like Build a Woman’s Future, Feed Aussies in Crisis and Support Syrian Refugees.

For the full list of participating retailers, head here.


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