Past, Present and Future Women Collectively Pressing For Progress

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

- Gloria Steinem

Women’s History Month is about celebrating the strong women of our past who not only fought for equal rights, but who have helped shape our countries–the women that are equally as important to our history books but didn’t receive the same recognition as the men who worked alongside them. But while we celebrate the achievements of these brave women, we also need to champion present and future women (because the #thefutureisfemale) and now, more than ever, we must focus on what’s to come.

Last year came with disruptions from our community of women and advocates and the momentum we created has continued to carry over. Our voices continue to grow louder as we make it impossible for our voices to not be heard. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress, a call to implement real change in closing the gender gap and achieving equality. We can’t lose sight of the change we wish to see in our workplaces, our society. That hope, that anger, that fear needs to fuel our initiatives as we continue to unite to make actual progress for ourselves and those that come after us.

We’ve been in our current state for far too long as we are now seeing history repeat itself as we again fight for equality. We, present women, have the biggest role in this fight so the achievements of past women do not unravel and so there’s a brighter future ahead for our younger generations to come. So, we’re not only celebrating the past and the future women, but the current women around us working to collectively achieve something powerful. This year, we will #PressforProgress and start to TRULY implement the change we hope to see in the world if we continue to encourage, support and challenge one another in our communities to use our voices and to take action.

Let’s start with International Women’s Day:

By Friday, March 9 - A Women Storytelling Salon: Call For Entries

Well-crafted stories are a vehicle for change for audience and artist alike. SEA The City and The Riveter are seeking submissions, by this Friday, for five minute presentations and performances that unpack the female experience.

Tuesday, March 6 - Emerging Leaders Women’s Day Panel with United Way King County

Kickoff this week with us as we team up with United Way to celebrate female changemakers! From women in male-dominated fields, to women in politics, media and entrepreneurship, Angela Stowell, CEO and co-founder of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, will moderate a panel including Kate Joncas, former Seattle Deputy Mayor and consultant at PlaceStrategic, Caryn G. Mathes, President and General Manager of KUOW and Amy Nelson, co-founder and CEO of The Riveter to discuss issues women face in the workplace, career reflection and community leadership.

Wednesday, March 7 - Member Exclusive: Morning Assembly

At our monthly Morning Assembly for our members, we'll take a moment to connect with The Riveter community, discuss challenges and strategize how we can collectively provide support to successfully overcome those challenges. 

Thursday, March 8 - International Women’s Day Breakfast: Taking Charge of Your Success

We’re starting International Women’s Day off strong (and early) at 8:30 a.m. We celebrate women’s strength and achievements everyday, but today is extra special as we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate with women all over the world. Let’s come together, as a united community, to
press for progress for gender parity.

Thursday, March 8 - Be Bold Seattle: International Women’s Day

The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Report says gender equality is still over two centuries away and we say, not acceptable. Now, more than ever, we need to take united action and push for change. This lineup of speakers and the Seattle community is coming together to talk about how to inspire, empower and support those around you to encourage bold, realistic action to achieve equality.

Thursday, March 8 - International Women’s Day Meet-Up with Intentionalist

Meet the Intentionalist team for dinner at Café Turko and meet the owner, Süreyya Gökeri. Hear about her travels to Turkey and the story behind her family-owned and operated restaurant. A special family-style meal is on the menu!

Please reserve your seat in advance as limited spots are available.

Tuesday, March 13 - “VC 101”: A Primer on Angel & Venture Capital

Are you a female entrepreneur considering taking your startup on a venture-scale growth path? In this fireside chat with experienced investors, Judy Loehr and Elise Hebb, we will provide a primer into what it means to be a “venture scale startup” and what it takes to raise venture capital.

Wednesday, March 14 - Women, Start Up!

Three female powerhouses in the Seattle startup scene are joining us at The Riveter Capitol Hill to chat about women, like them, succeeding in key leadership positions. These women have contributed to the success of high growth companies at all stages of #startuplife.

Saturday, March 17 - Masterclass: Becoming Everyday Allies

Lean in Seattle will breakdown exactly what it means to be an ally of women. This fireside chat and panel discussion will explore what allyship is, provide actionable steps for allies and celebrate what allies are already doing to move women forward.

Wednesday, March 28 - A Women’s Storytelling Salon: The Female Experience

This event, in partnership with SEA The City, will feature a series of 20 speakers and performers sharing glimpses of their lives in five minute segments. Each story–told in a variety of media–is an unpredictable mix of insightful, hilarious, heartbreaking and galvanizing. We’ll be exploring the past, present and future of the female experience.

Saturday, March 31 - Ladies Get Paid Presents: Get Money Get Paid Conference

This one day event will help women rise up at work. Learn how to be promoted into leadership, command your dollars and embrace your ambition, while connecting with women who are changing the world of work as we know it.

How will you #PressforProgress this year? We hope you’ll join us as we unite our community to celebrate Women's History Month, International Women’s Day and as we continue to press onward in the fight for equality.


Photo Credit: Kaia D'Albora