Celebrating International Women’s Day in Philadelphia

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The Lifting Your Voice event will include discussions to help attendees rediscover their passion and set a pathway to success.
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With March 8 being International Women’s Day, and the month of March being Women’s History Month, the city is celebrating with different events, activations and pop-ups. And we’ve got the scoop on them all.

Sor Ynez

On International Women’s Day, Sor Ynez will be hosting a special Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. While there, visitors will be able to check out a new spring cocktail menu, a special snack menu (think Quesabirria with consomme, Tuna tostada, Tlacoyo, Sikil Pak and Carrots y Mole for $10 each), plus a Love City Lager and YOLA Mezcal citywide for $9. 

The night is meant to highlight women in the industry: Such as Love City Brewing’s co-founder Melissa Walter, YOLA mezcal co-owner Guadalupe Bautista, Sor Ynez owner Jill Weber, and the restaurant’s inspiration and namesake, Sor Juana Ynez de la Cruz. 

 1800 N American St., sorynez.com

Women Mean Business

EPABID is once again partnering up with She Rocked It for their successful Women Mean Business event. Now in its 2nd year, this activation is set to take place on Monday, March 13, from 6 to 9pm at Society Hill Dance Academy. 

As a release states, “Women Mean Business: Rock Your Revenue” boasts a panel discussion, community conversation, and networking event featuring local women business owners sharing their experiences, challenges, and successes – including some much-needed real talk about the revenue side of running and growing a business. The event is open to all ages; tickets cost $10 per person and are available to purchase online through Eventbrite. 

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Karen GrossKate Raines

1919 E. Passyunk Ave., societyhilldance.com

Betsy Ross House 

There are a few reasons to head to the Betsy Ross House for Women’s History Month in Philadelphia. Historical women figures will be at the venue on particular days to tell their story this month: On Saturday, March 11, cake baker Margaret Woodby will  be on-site to greet visitors. Then, on Saturday, March 25, Philadelphians can meet Mary Crathorne, a chocolate and mustard maker who took over the business from her husband after his death in the 18th century. Then on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Once Upon A Nation storytellers will share short, interactive tales highlighting women through history.

239 Arch St., historicphiladelphia.org

Women’s Way Wednesdays

Stratus Rooftop Lounge will be home to a weekly activation every Wednesday in March. Women’s Way Wednesdays are meant to bring together the Philadelphia area’s top-tier culinary and beverage talent while benefitting the nonprofit Women’s Way. 

Wednesday, March 15, Chef Jennifer Zavala of Juana’s Tamales will be onsite with her own fare for Philadelphians to try, along with tea tastings by FarmerJawn and music by Dianna Thompson aka ‘Badd Kitti’. Then, Chefs Kiki Aranita and Olga Sorzano (from Poi Dog and Baba’s Acid Trip) will be at the rooftop lounge on March 22 with pastries provided by Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse and music by Tanqueray Hayward. Wednesday, March 29 will hold the final event with Chef Thanh Nguyen of Gabriella’s Vietnam and music by Andrea Nardello. 

Tickets for each Women’s Way Wednesdays event are $35 per person, are all-inclusive, and come with a complimentary beverage ticket and are available to purchase at sevenrooms.com/events/stratuslounge.

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433 Chestnut St., stratuslounge.com

Museum of the American Revolution

The MoAR will be hosting a few different activations and workshops for Women’s History Month in Philadelphia. A few examples include a virtual Artisan Workshop on March 8, 15 and 22 at 8:30 p.m., a special Women’s History Night alongside their new ‘Black Founders’ exhibit with Dr. Kerri Greenidge from 5:15 to 8 p.m. on March 24, a daily DIY heart pin cushion activation in the Revolution Place, plus pop-up talks, discovery carts and more. 

A full schedule can be found online. 

101 S. 3rd St., amrevmuseum.org

Essen Bakery

In support of women in South Africa (which happens to be the birthplace of Essen’s owner Tova du Plessis) Essen will be offering a new initiative. Titled Babkas for Blankets (for Women in South Africa), this new activation will run throughout the entire month of March, and it aims to help women who are dealing with the harsh realities of poverty, food insecurity, and rape.

How does it work? As a release states, the campaign will ask for a donation of $36, and in return, each donor will receive a limited edition babka (brown butter pecan flavored), along with a blanket that the women of Fingertips of Africa have sewn. And since the focus is to provide blankets to communities in need, Tova is also partnering with a local organization to provide an option for Essen to donate blankets on each donor’s behalf for someone in need. 

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Tova du Plessis posing with the Fingertips of Africa blankets outside of Essen Bakery.Mike Prince

1437 E. Passyunk Ave., essenbakery.com

Lifting Your Voice

This event comes from motivational speaker Jen Croneberger and NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson, who have teamed up to inspire and connect women from the Main Line, Philadelphia and South Jersey. Lifting Your Voice comes at a time where Croneberger and Davidson believe women need time and space to hit the pause button, to be re-invigorated and to regain clarity about their life and goals. 

As a release states, the full-day of programming starts with breakfast and networking, and then transitions to discussions to help attendees rediscover their passion, quiet the negative voice inside, set a pathway to their intentions and help everyone feel connected to the positive women around the room. At the end of the day, participants will take home a Lifting Your Voice swag bag (which values over $150) with gifts, samples, discounts and more from PowerBeads by Jen, Lisi Lerch, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Loulla, Little Bags Big Impact, WOW Spiritfree Sparkling Cocktail, Fearless Restaurants, KC Essentials, POSH Collections, Dani Causey Skin and The Skin Rejuvenator.

The event ($129, and includes breakfast, lunch and the swag bag) will take place on Sunday, March 19 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Country Club.

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Lifting Your Voice.Sandrien B Photography

1601 Spring Mill Road., liftingyourvoice.com