Sisters of the world unite, on Thursday 8th March 2018 International Women’s Day returns and the whole world takes a day to recognise the impressiveness that is the female species. As the original aim from over 100 years ago – to achieve full gender equality for women the world – has still not been realised, this year’s theme of Press for Progress is as relevant as ever. So if you’re a fabulous female or just in awe of the fairer sex then make sure you don’t miss these amazing pro-women events, after all, ‘who run the world?’
Celebrating Women Behind Businesses in Seven Dials
Shopping destination, Seven Dials, is home to a variety of businesses many of which are founded and run by women which makes it the perfect place to celebrate International Women’s Day. As part of their week-long celebration there will be a Press for Progress panel, hosted by award-winning broadcaster Gemma Cairney. Joining the panel will be trans activist, Charlie Craggs, author Jenny Scott, Former neuroscience student turned businesswoman Olivia Wollenberg, and British designer Dinny Hall.
On the 8th March renowned choreographer, Sally Marie, will be giving a talk on women’s experiences of relationships across the last 300 years at DanceEast. The next day her company, Sweetshop Revolution, will be performing their new show, Beautiful; an exquisite exploration of female sexuality, encompassing movement and text to explore love from the point of view of women.
8th & 9th March
Talks at Gaucho
Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants, Tracey Matthews, will host a ‘Women in Hospitality’ lunch to kick off a series of ticketed events being held across several of the Gaucho restaurants. Other events that include intimate lunches, dinners, tastings and networking opportunities, will be held by a mix of expert speakers from the Gaucho team or from outside organisations. The talks will cover subjects such as ‘Women in Philanthropy: The Running of a Global Charity Event’, ‘The Secrets of Thriving in the Corporate World’ and ‘Women in Cognac’ plus ‘Whisky and Chocolate’ pairings with Balvenie.
Begins 8th March
A bad ass feminist pod cast with journalist Emma Gannon and radio host Lliana Bird where the ladies will be leading a female-led discussion on the things that really get under our skin. The unfiltered chat will include a ‘Get Off Your Breasts’ section where audience members can write down their gripes and have them discussed out loud, previous topics have included sleep-shaming, genderisation of kids clothing, homelessness, cheating partners, feminism and public hair.
Fundraiser for mothers2mothers
Tamara Gillan, CEO of Cherry London, and Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief of Stylist Magazine host a special charity brunch at Devonshire Club to raise funds for charity mothers2mothers. Tamara Gillan will begin the event by exploring need for brands to actively do more to support women, followed by Emma France, from mothers2mothers, who will speak about the vital work of her charity that aims to eliminate paediatric AIDS. Patron of the charity, renowned actress Samantha Bond, will be in attendance.
Pop-Up to End Sex Trafficking and Forced Labour
M Victoria Street will be hosting 2 pop-ups in March to help raise money for Not For Sale, a global organisation that works to end human trafficking. During the pop-up M Victoria Street will be serving a special menu and donating the proceeds to charity. Diners will be in good company as each night a celebrity will either be there in person or will have donated a raffle prize, celebrities include Tinie Tempah, Simon Mayo and Simon Shaw OBE.
19-24th and 26-29th March
If you’re in Italy and someone gives you Mimosa flowers, consider it a big deal as it’s a sign of how special you are to them. With this in mind, Francesco Mazzei has created a special Mimosa Cake for International Women’s Day which will be available from D&D restaurants Radici, Sartoria and Fiume throughout March. The cake is made from light sponge, soaked in an Italian liqueur called Strega, and the filling is pineapple and chocolate crème patissière.
I’m Kind of a Big Deal
Ladies of Restaurants, a collective of women who in work in hospitality, will be hosting a series of talks at Old Spitalfields Market to give the women of industry a voice at the forefront of debate. The issues covered will include everything from battling sexual harassment in the workplace to the pressures of trying to “have it all”. The fun will continue late into the night with a celebratory after-party at Blixen in the market.
Channel your inner Nicki Minaj as London institution Hip Hop Karaoke is hosting an International Women’s Day special event at the home of their weekly Thursday night residency – Queen of Hoxton. Need some Dutch courage before heading up? Anyone performing a female rap track (including fellas) will receive a free shot from the bar, it should be easy picking such a song as the song list will be female dominated in homage to hip hop’s biggest female artists.
Why Pay Full Price?
Embrace girl power at modern steakhouse, STK London, as they will be offering ladies 50% off everything on International Women’s Day. So raise a glass to achievements of women everywhere and chow down on delicious, half price food.
Supper Club Fundraiser for Women’s Aid
Aster’s Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, will host a special supper club fundraiser at her critically acclaimed Nordic-French restaurant with 50% of ticket sales going to Women’s Aid. At her side will be two of the UK’s most accomplished chefs – Sally Clarke and Angela Hartnett – to help create the four-course menu being served on the night.
Empowering, All-Female Exhibition
Hampstead’s prestigious Zebra One Gallery is holding a special, VIP private view of an empowering, all-female exhibition called 100 Years On, which will open to the public 9th to 22nd March excluding Sundays. The exhibition will mark 100 years since women won the right to vote and celebrating the year of the woman, with art by 15 inspiring female artists including Tracey Emin and Kate Garner whose additions include iconic 1990s shots of a young Kate Moss clutching a teddy bear.
8th to 22nd March
Badass artist, Sara Pope, was the first British female artist in over 70 years to have a piece of work accepted into the Vatican collection. Her new exhibition is at luxury hotel, ME London, showcasing a series of bespoke neon creations that capture the sensuality and seductive power, conveyed by the lips and mouth of women. The 15-strong, pop-up exhibition is available to view until the end of April, mostly in the ME London lobby, Marconi Lounge and Radio Rooftop as well as a bespoke piece in one of the hotel’s suites.