4 inspiring metro Atlanta events for International Women’s Day

A chef prepares bites at the Lady Locavores event. Contributed by Jenna Shea Photography

While the month of March is the national observance of women's history, March 8 is the annual observance of International Women's Day. Widely celebrated around the world, International Women's Day is a century-old recognition for women's rights. With events varying from discussions on gender equality to awarding local female culinary contributors, here are four International Women's Day events in and around Atlanta to get informed, inspired and involved.
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Norcross International Women’s Day Panel and Book Signing

Head to Norcross to take part in a panel discussion on female empowerment through literature. The event will feature three metro Atlanta-based female authors: Mayra Cuevas, CNN producer and author of the newly published “Salty, Bitter, Sweet” young adult novel; Marie Marquardt, Emory University scholar-in-residence and author of three young adult titles; and Christi Paul, CNN and HLN anchor, author of her own memoir and moderator of the panel discussion, which will take place at the City of Norcross Community Center. In addition to a question-and-answer segment, book purchases and signings will take place after the event.

3-4 p.m. March 8. City of Norcross Community Center. 10 College St., NW, Norcross. 770-448-2122, mayracuevas.comnorcrossga.net.

Author and CNN producer Mayra Cuevas joins a panel discussion with two other Atlanta-based authors for International Women’s Day. Contributed by Kenzi Tainow Photography

5th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

The keynote speaker for the World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast will be Jill Ellis, the former coach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT); she’s also the most winningest coach in all of U.S. soccer history. Since winning last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and years of domination in the sport, Ellis and the members of the USWNT have famously taken their fight for equal pay to the world stage. With topics such as gender wage gaps throughout the workforce and the lack of female coaches and other personnel within professional sports, the conversation will be a new, welcomed look into the ongoing discussion on gender equality.

7:30-10:30 a.m. March 6. $125. 5th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-413-7083, wacatlanta.org.

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Lady Locavores

Organized by the Community Farmers Market, Lady Locavores is shining a light on women in the male-dominated culinary industry with an award ceremony and dinner. The annual dinner will celebrate the women of the Atlanta food and beverage world, including chefs, artisans, producers and more. Tickets include food and drinks.

6-8:30 p.m. March 8. Starting at $50. Lady Locavores at Monday Night Garage, 933 Lee St., SW, Atlanta. cfmatl.org.

Celebrate women in Atlanta’s culinary scene at the Lady Locavores event on International Women’s Day. Contributed by Jenna Shea Photography

4th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon & Summit

With the mission to support a “gender-balanced world,” the daylong summit will feature speakers, networking opportunities and workshops on tech, film, finance and leadership. Attendees are welcome to participate in the full program or just the luncheon and keynote address.. Advanced registration is required.

8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 11. Starting at $99. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. 770-740-8081, womenchamber.org/iwd.

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