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Women's History Month/International Women's Day 2021 Events for Salt Lake County Residents

Posted By Regional Development
March 02, 2021

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The past year was a brutal one for women; we know the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, especially single moms and women of color. In 2021, however, the pandemic isn't putting a damper on Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8) celebrations and opportunities.

Here are 16 opportunities for Salt Lake County residents to learn, grow, and support women from the past, present, and future.

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March 5

“Picture a Scientist” Screening Panel and Discussion by Utah State University 

When: March 5-7

Cost: Free

“Picture a Scientist” offers a sobering portrait of the struggles women face in science. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and commit to change. In conjunction with the screening, USU will host an online panel discussion Monday, March 8 (International Women’s Day) at noon on Zoom, with the film’s director and producer Sharon Shattuck, along with USU faculty members Dr. Sojung Lim, Dr. Claudia Radel and Dr. Katherine Vela. All are welcome.

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2021 WEC Pitching Workshop by Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference

When: 11:30 a.m. March 5

Cost: Free

Are you a female entrepreneur wanting to work on your pitching skills? This Virtual Pitch Workshop will focus on the art of “Pitching and Presenting,” with an emphasis on what judges will be looking for in the 2021 WEC Grant Competition. 

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Get the Girls Out Virtual Scavenger Hunt – Celebrate International Women’s Day by SheJumps

When: 6 a.m. March 5- 7 p.m. March 7

Cost: Free

The virtual event encourages participants to get outside through fun challenges that can be accomplished anywhere, as an initiative to encourage outdoor play.

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March 6

International Women’s Day Virtual Conference + Utah Women’s Voter Registration Day by VoteRise

When: 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. March 6

Cost: $20

Celebrate with a virtual conference featuring speakers and discussion series on Utah Women: Past, Present, and Future! Speakers and moderators include Tyler Boyd, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Director of Communications to Gov. Cox; Patricia Jones, Women’s Leadership Institute; Kate Rubalcava, Utah Nonprofits Association; Geralyn Dreyfous, Utah Film Center; Dr. Susan Madsen, Utah Women & Leadership Project; and Beth Armstrong, People’s Health Clinic.

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March 8

International Women’s Day Celebration by World Trade Center Utah, Maven Create and Salt Lake Chamber

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8

Cost: Free

Celebrating extraordinary women business owners

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University of Utah Women’s Week: Inspiring a Movement Keynote Speaker Amber Ruffin

When: Noon-1 p.m. March 8

Cost: Free

Amber Ruffin is the head writer for “Late Night” with Seth Meyers and host of the “Amber Ruffin Show” and has appeared in shows from “Drunk History” to “Key & Peele.”  Be inspired by Amber Ruffin who has used her platform as a writer, comedian, and actress to speak to hard-hitting issues of racism, sexism, and politics.

For more events from University of Utah’s Women’s Week, visit:

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March 9

Professional Growth Series: Reframing Leadership by ChamberWest

When: Noon, March 9

Cost: $10

Deneece G. Hufalin, President of Salt Lake Community College, will talk about what gets in the way of women stepping into leadership roles and her three decades of experiences in higher education and community.

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Women of the World’s 11th Annual Fashion Show & Cultural Gala by Women of the World

When: 5-7 p.m. March 10

Cost: Free, but donations welcomed

The Fashion Show and Cultural Gala will feature messages from First Lady of the State of Utah Abby Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. The Show highlights the beauty of cultures and successful stories of forcibly displaced women.

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March 10

Wake Up with the Woman’s Exponent Panel Discussion and Q&A by University of Utah Women’s Week

When: 9 a.m. March 10

Cost: Free

Women in Salt Lake City created a newspaper of their own called the “Woman’s Exponent” published  from 1872-1914. This event will show a glimpse of women’s history through the pages of this unique newspaper.

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March 12

“When Women Don’t Speak: What It Takes for Women to be Heard” by Utah Women & Leadership Project

When: Noon-1:15 p.m. March 12

Cost: Free

Featuring Dr. Jessica Preece and Dr. Chris Karpowitz, join a presentation on research on what it takes for women to be heard.

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WTC Summit: First Female Recession Impact by Women Tech Council & Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 12

Cost: $15-$35

“This summit is focused on elevating the conversation around how this [pandemic] is impacting women in tech, how they are looking at jobs, what they expect from companies and how they are managing it all.

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March 16

She Started It for All of Us: Looking to the Past to Inspire Our Future by SL Chamber/Better Days/Business Women’s Forum

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 16

Cost: $20

Kristen Edwards, from Better Days 2020, will share history about Utah’s women in politics, suffrage, business, and our community, and participants will discuss how these stories can inspire women to be more actively engaged in their sphere of influence today.

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March 18

Women’s History Month Celebration – “Started It For All of Us”  by Better Days 2020

When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. March 18

Cost: Free

Join Better Days 2020 for this celebration of Women’s History Month featuring Aundrea Demille, Emma Houston, Katie Nelson, and others. The virtual event will include prizes and trivia.

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March 23

Women in Business Luncheon Featuring Patricia Jones by South Valley Chamber

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23

Cost: $20

Where: Gail Miller Conference Center SLCC Miller Campus

The luncheon will feature speaker Patricia Jones, CEO of Women’s Leadership Institute.

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Virtual Adult Lecture: From Unwanted to Indispensable/The Real Nurses of the Civil War by Salt Lake County Library

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Author and historian Pamela Toler will share the story of thousands of women that volunteered to be nurses during the Civil War and created a profession that didn’t exist before the war. 

More Info:; attendees must register in advance to receive the link to attend

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March 30

Women’s Symposium by University of Utah Executive Education Elevate U

When: 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. March 30

Cost: $99 for digital ticket

Speakers and panelists include Katharine Garff, Garff Enterprises; Missy Larsen, Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Impact at doTERRA; Heidi Herrick Ph.D., Professor at David Eccles School of Business; Laura Butler, SVP People and Culture at WorkFront; Lianna Kinard, VP of Marketing at Buckner Company; and Rebecca Dutson, CEO of The Children’s Center.

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