Celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a selection of events taking place around the country tomorrow, Thursday March 8 …
This Thursday, March 8, marks International Women’s Day 2018, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This last year has been a momentous one for women with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements gaining massive support. The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #pressforprogress to further campaign for equality. Below we select some of the best local events taking place to celebrate women on the day …
HELP: A local charity is marking their fifth year of celebrating International Women’s Day by holding its largest annual fundraising and clothing drive. Founded in 2010 by stylist, designer and entrepreneur Sonya Lennon, Dress for Success is a Dublin based charity supporting women entering the workforce by providing clothing, skills and the confidence needed to help them succeed. They’re encouraging companies to organise support in honour of IWD in the form of a clothing and perfume drive, fundraising or hosting an event. “Our annual IWD campaign is so important. We receive no state funding, so we’re entirely dependent on fundraising to provide our service,” comments Sonya Lennon. Visit www.dressforsuccessdublin.org for more information.
SEE: Born in Vienna as Hedwig Kiesler, Bombshell dives into the true story of Hedy Lamarr who may have led a different life in a different time. She was an inventor and not just a good one, she was a great one. The sole invention she patented in her lifetime makes possible GPS, cellphones, WiFi and Bluetooth. But being a very beautiful woman, she instead went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1940s. Bombshell is playing tomorrow at the Irish Film Institute and the Lighthouse Cinema.
READ: Educated by Tara Westover, a work of non-fiction hit the shelves at the end of February and has already landed on The New York Times Bestseller List. Tara Westover was born into a radical, survivalist Mormon family in the mountains of Idaho where she spent most of her childhood working in a scrapyard and preparing for the ‘end of days’ her father believed was coming. At 16, Westover began to educate herself and made her first steps into formal education at 17, a path that would take her on to Harvard and Cambridge for advanced degrees. Her parents referred to her drive for education as “whoring after a man’s knowledge.” Though that was an ideological difference they overcame, they could not accept her decision to confront the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her brother, something she felt confident to confront as a direct result of the confidence gained by her education.
Educated is a book Steven Fry declares as “marvellous”, crafted by a writer “armed with so much talent”. Westover, in sharing her story, offers a tale of the struggle for self-invention and is a fierce, inspiring read for International Women’s Day.
WATCH: An acclaimed new play, written by and starring Irene Kelleher, will be showing from March 6-8 in Kelleher’s hometown of Cork city. Set in Ireland in 1986, the play is inspired by a true story and presents a compelling imagining of a teenage girl who begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary in a grotto. “You could not pray to find a better show in this Edinburgh Festival,” said The Edinburgh Guide, after the show’s celebrated premiere. As an added benefit for International Women’s Day a post-show talk will take place on Thursday evening. Tickets are available on www.everymancork.com.
Sophie Katherine Afdhal
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