Get Out There on International Women’s Day

By Vanessa Boynton

Today is International Women’s Day. All throughout the world, individuals, colleagues, friends, family members, businesses and organizations are showing their support of women with demonstrations that range from gentle encouragement to groundbreaking stands against oppression. I count myself as extraordinarily lucky to work alongside some of the most intelligent, most passionate, most driven women – nay, people – I’ve ever known.  But there are many women out there, in our industry and far beyond, that are on the hunt for sources of community. Sources of inspiration. Sources of action.

No matter what moves you, there are a number of fantastic groups, events, publications and initiatives that would love to add you to their ranks. Here are a few of our favorite finds:

If You Love PR & Marketing

The brand new Organization of American Women in PR seeks to connect female leaders in the PR industry and provide education, networking opportunities and support.

Near Boston: Take a look at Young Women in Digital, a networking organization dedicated to young women building careers in digital marketing, social media, public relations and more.

If You Love Journalism

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is a renown organization for female writers, offering a series of impactful events and even a fascinating member showcase packed to the brim with books, videos, podcasts and blogs.

If You Love Politics

Based at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) gives you a clear look at the state of female-led politics in your specific region, in addition to ways you can get involved.

If You Love Technology, STEM or STEAM

The Women in Tech Summit is widely regarded as one of the critical events for any women looking to advance their position in technology fields. Check out their individual city listings for some of the smaller events happening in or near your own back yard.

Near Boston: If STEAM is your passion, She Geeks Out might be the community for you. In addition to providing a number of local events, their blog features profiles and podcasts from highly influential women in the field.

If You Love The Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. is a great stop for learning and advocacy, and provides helpful resources like this fantastic list of websites and organizations serving individual interests.

If You Love Design

The AIGA has a Women Lead steering committee that creates meaningful content around the achievements, gender-related issues and amazing innovations of women in design – perfect for learning and inspiration.

If You Love Business & Entrepreneurship

The Ellevate Network connects women in business through an online portal, major events and local chapters. If you’re not sure about joining, there are local events that are open to the public.

Near Boston: Women Founders in Boston works to give female entrepreneurs the boost they need to grow their businesses and realize their visions. Want to get hyper-local? WE BOS is a city-run organization with the same fantastic goal. Meanwhile, Wonder Women of Boston is an open community of ambitious, accomplished women of all ages and backgrounds in the greater Boston area.

What did we miss? Tell us your favorite events, organizations, even kick-ass women we should all know something about.