International Women's Day is March 8, 2018

In 2017, ‘feminism’ was declared Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster, as millions of people around the world explored what it means to be a feminist.

This year, the Canadian theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is #MyFeminism.

Put simply, feminism is about equality for everyone. At Women’s Enterprise Centre, #MyFeminism means empowering women entrepreneurs and helping them realize their business potential.

On March 8, we are celebrating IWD by hosting and attending events around the province with our network of partners!

Here’s what you can do to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

International Women's Day Poster

Join us for an Inspirational Teleconference

Equality Matters: Explore #MyFeminism with BC Changemakers

March 8 | 10am to 11am | FREE teleconference

Phone in toll-free from anywhere in BC

Celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with three women who are on a mission to achieve gender equality in BC!

On March 8, Women’s Enterprise Centre is hosting a timely dialogue unpacking what feminism means in 2018 and the status of gender equality in BC today. In this teleconference, we want to unite all regions of our province to rally for progress as part of the push for gender equality around the world.

Our panelists will explore the hot topic of feminism in an accessible dialogue that will educate and inspire you to take action.

Fiona Macfarlane is EY’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer, an external role where she spreads the message about how diversity and inclusion in the workforce are important for the health of all businesses. Jill Earthy and Lois Nahirney are two advocates who have tirelessly led the WE FOR SHE movement in BC since it started in 2014.

You’ll learn the four P’s of parity so you can improve your own community:

  • Problem – The gender gap and some stats that may surprise you
  • Progress – Our achievements in BC as a leader in gender equality
  • Plan – Actions you can take in your own life, business and community
  • Praise – Examples of successful diversity programs and what you can learn from them

Join this free Equality Matters dialogue by calling in from anywhere in BC and invite a friend. Men are welcome – everyone needs to be part of the conversation!


  • Fiona Macfarlane, Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Managing Partner, BC, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jill Earthy, WE FOR SHE Co-Chair, Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
  • Lois Nahirney, WE FOR SHE Co-Chair, President & CEO, dnaPower Inc.

Facilitator: Laurel Douglas, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Thank you to everyone who attended!

In case you missed it, check out the recording, share it with a friend, and download the 2018 WE FOR SHE Call to Action.

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8 More Ways You Can Celebrate IWD

1. Join the WE FOR SHE movement

We are a proud Organizing Partner of the WE FOR SHE movement to promote gender equality in BC. Want to know what actions you can take to shift the dial? Get the WE FOR SHE 2018 Call to Action, choose a personal commitment from the Action Plan and share the poster with others.

2. Attend an IWD event in your community

View the list of IWD events in BC below to see if there’s one in your area – we might see you there! Or, check out the events happening around the world on the International Women’s Day website.

3. Download a learning guide for $10

WEC learning guides are business workbooks that are designed to help you gain skills and confidence in marketing, financial literacy or business planning. For 48 hours only, March 8-10, download one of our learning guides for just $10!

4. Pay it forward and become a Mentor

Mentoring breaks down barriers for women business owners. Help a new woman entrepreneur build confidence by sharing your perspectives and experiences and becoming a Mentor. Your support could make all the difference!

5. Find a women’s business network

Connect with other women in your area through a networking group. We are co-chair of the WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks with over 25 member organizations around the province. Find a network that’s right for you!

6. Inspire the next generation of women leaders

The WE FOR SHE NextGen Leaders Program provides free resources for BC high schools to advance diversity and gender equality and to help students gain the skills and confidence to make bold career choices. Also, check out this Educator’s Toolkit from Status of Women Canada, which has lessons and activities for exploring IWD in the classroom.

7. Nominate a business woman for an award

We need to celebrate accomplished women! Know an amazing business owner who deserves some recognition? (Maybe it’s you!) Check out this list of awards for women entrepreneurs and leaders then nominate someone who is a great role model.

8. Share what feminism means to you using #MyFeminism

Status of Women Canada wants you to be part of the conversation! Take to social media and share your view of feminism.

For more ideas, check out these big and small ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day.

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