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Think of it as Women’s March Philadelphia, Part Two: On International Women’s Day, a collection of local organizers, including the Party for Socialism and Liberalism and Global Women’s Strike, host a protest to provide a platform for female-identifying folks who feel marginalized by society and the current presidential administration. Willing protestors are called to Logan Square, where a lineup of fired-up speakers will call on the crowd to raise their voices to promote education and agitation in the name of women’s rights -— especially where it concerns women and femmes of color and trans+ women and femmes. From Logan Square, the protest will march to Thomas Paine Plaza for a closing rally. Make some clever signs, wear your pussy hats and bring lots of friends. Wednesday, March 8, 5-8 p.m., free, starts at Logan Square, 200 N. 19th Street.
For a different kind of International Women’s Day experience: The Free Library hosts a unique workshop called “Disrupting the Patriarchy: Negotiating and Getting Things Done.” The crux of the event is to shake up a business world that still sees women being paid less than men who are doing similar work. How do we change that? One way to start, they pose, is to learn kickass negotiating skills so no boss will be able to refuse a request for equal pay for equal work. A panel of experts will offer tips and tricks on how to best gauge negotiating conversations. Panelists include Dr. Cheryl Carleton, director of Women’s Professional Network at Villanova University, and Philadelphia activist and food and economic justice worker Judy Wicks. Because it is a Free Library event, Ms. Wicks will bring copies of her book Good Morning, Beautiful Business that she’ll sign for guests. RSVP here to get tickets and let the Library know you’re on your way. Wednesday, March 8, 6-7:30 p.m., $5, Skyline Room in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street.
Photo: Career Wardrobe
As superficial as it may sound, a snazzy outfit can go a long way in impressing a potential employer and landing a job. But for many women in transition—whether coming out of an extended bout of unemployment or reentering society from prison—the price tag on professional clothing can be a serious hindrance. To help ease that burden, the Career Wardrobe supplies women in need with smart-looking threads from a handful of boutique locations stocked with clothing donations. To bulk up their inventory, they’re hosting a clothing drive on Wednesday in East Falls. Swing by if you have items to donate. They’re in need of new and gently used women’s business attire—skirts, blouses, pantsuits, heels, blazers—in all sizes. The items should be ready to wear, clean and on hangers or folded in paper shopping bags. Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 p.m., Falls of Schuylkill Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux Street.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) invites in families across the city for a day of arts and crafts activities, learning workshops and kid-friendly live performances. The event also offers an excellent opportunity to browse AAMP’s latest special exhibitions: Shawn Theodore’s “Church of Broken Pieces” and “Harlem, U.S.A,” by Dawoud Bey. Both shows feature photography that shines a revealing spotlight on what it means to live in an African American neighborhood in America. They’re on view through April 1. Catering to kids aged 5-11, this family fun day happens at AAMP on the second Saturday of every month, so mark your calendar for a future date if you can’t make this one. Guardians with an Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT card get free admission for up to four adults. The little ones always get in free. Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $14 (for adults), African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.
Photo: Stephanie Ramones
Be there this weekend, when “working class political organization” Philly Socialists kicks off a brand new event series called Radical Soups. The monthly discussion-based gathering hopes to facilitate conversation around “current issues and hard-hitting topics” like sexism, capitalism, racism and fascism–all with a nice, warm bowl of soup. For their first go-round—taking place at Wooden Shoe Books and Records, naturally—they’re starting with the basics: What Does Socialism Mean for Me? Presenters from the Philly Socialists collective will offer an explanation of socialist ideals and how it could impact society today. This and future events will always be in a safe, supportive space. They welcome “anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, and queer-positive critique,” but ask that guests refrain from Marx- and Lenin-focused jargon, because “that can hinder others from sharing and can feel intimidating.” Saturday, March 11, 4-7 p.m., free, Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 704 South Street.