Evanston/North Shore

International Women's Day Commemoration

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in collaboration with other groups, hosted “Be Bold: Let’s Move the Needle,” a dynamic International Women's Day commemoration on Wednesday, March 8, at Evanston Township High School.

The wide-ranging program, featuring keynote speaker Evelyn Diaz, president of Heartland Alliance, performances by poets from “Louder Than a Bomb,” and conversations with women entrepreneurs, artists and law enforcement on women’s economic progress and the journey ahead.


International Women's Day 2017, Evelyn Diaz from YWCA Evanston/North Shore on Vimeo.

International Women's Day Partners 

Our 2017 International Women's Day Commemoration is presented by YWCA Evanston/North Shore in collaboration with founding partners:




With support from community partners:




About International Women's Day

International Women’s Day has been recognized for well over a century in celebrations around the world. Our local celebration provides an opportunity for our communities to join with millions across our globe to collectively reflect on the economic, political and social progress women have made both globally and locally.

In addition to celebrating how far women have come, it is also a day to listen, learn and reflect. And while we must acknowledge how much has changed, we also know there is still so much that needs to be done to achieve gender equity and an end to violence against women. Our International Women's Day celebration is also a call to action: it is an opportunity to link our arms and raise our collective voices to work together to harness the power and strength of women and girls so they can reach their fullest and highest potential.


Learn more, get safe, get involved, empower yourself.