International Women’s Days has been celebrated for 108 years. With gender parity being still over 2 centuries away, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Report, there has never been a more important time to get inspired and motivated to be bold and press for change.

International Women’s Day (IWD) now in its 108th year, and is an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The IWD also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. While IWD was first recognized in 1910 in New York at the International Woman’s Conference, it was not until 1975, International Woman’s Year, that the United Nations began an official celebration. In 1977 the UN General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8th as the UN Day of Women’s Rights and recognized IWD.

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Be Bold for Change is a non-profit organization co-founded by Kate Isler and Nickie Smith and is supported by a board of veteran champions of gender equality and diversity and inclusion, including Sharon Harris and Jill Angelo. This core group of passionate, active women participate and have founded women’s networking groups across the globe, internally within Microsoft and externally within the business, and philanthropic communities, and all are frequent speakers at women’s forums, ardent coaches and mentors of women in corporations, education and start-ups worldwide.

Be Bold for Change was formed to meet the increasing demand for women in the Seattle area to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day in Seattle. The organization aims to build an intersectional community of women and their allies, who share the same philosophy to inspire, empower and support each other to take bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity across core pillars: health, safety, education, and wages. Together we can help embolden all women to advance and unleash their limitless potential to fulfill their dreams.

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