International Women's Day 

What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s. March 8 has been the global date for IWD since 1914 when women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity. 

Over the last century, IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. Every year, thousands of events are held to inspire women and celebrate their achievements, but also to highlight areas where work remains to be done in business, politics, education, health, and combating gender-based violence.  

Since 2013, WorldDenver has hosted Denver's premier International Women's Day celebration. The event continues to expand, with over 400 people participating in 2016.

WorldDenver IWD Themes and Honorees

WorldDenver recognizes women who have done remarkable work across nations, and each year, we select one or more women to honor at our annual celebration.

March 8, 2018

"Women in Space"


Dr. Mae Jemison

Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor




"Women in Global Health"


Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize Winner


Dr. Neena Jain

Founder, emBOLDen Alliances 

Ann Moore

Inventor, The Snugli Baby Carrier 


"Women in Entrepreneurship"

Nancy Phillips

President, CEO, and co-founder of ViaWest Inc.

Patricia Foley Hinnen

Founder & CEO, Capital Sisters International


"Women Leading Change Around the World"

Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson

Superintendent, US Air Force Academy

Terry Odendahl

CEO, GlobalGreengrants Fund


"Promoting Global Women's Issues"

Jacqueline Hinman

President & CEO, CH2M Hill


Deedee Corradini

President, International Women's Forum

Check out our photo album of past IWD celebrations here.

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