Strike a pose for International Women’s Day and #BreaktheBias

#BreaktheBias is the theme for the 2022 International Women’s Day. Men and women around the world are encouraged to cross their arms at the wrists in a show of solidarity for gender equality. Here, a member of the Northeastern community demonstrates how it is done. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

International Women’s Day—Tuesday, March 8, 2022—is a unifying global phenomenon marking the achievements of women across multiple time zones, languages, and cultures. This year’s theme, #BreaktheBias, is symbolized by a crossing of the wrists. Men and women are encouraged to “Cross your arms to show solidarity,” in photos recognizing the day.

The call to action to recognize women’s equality and gender parity has been celebrated for more than 100 years, with the first gathering in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, drawing the support of more than one million people. It has grown exponentially since then.

What is also notable is that IWD doesn’t belong to a specific country or organization. Rather, “the story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says renowned U.S. activist Gloria Steinem.

All members of the Northeastern community are encouraged to participate in the following virtual and in-person events throughout the month.

Women Who Empower Africa

Northeastern’s Africa Global Initiative and the Center for Emerging Markets will host the next chapter in the Women Who Empower Africa speaker series. The keynote speaker is Rania Belkahia, who co-founded and led Afrimarket, an e-commerce platform for French-speaking West Africa. She will be interviewed by Young Global Leader Bassel Jounblat, who graduated from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business in 2017 with a finance degree.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 10-11 a.m. EST.


Achieving Excellence in Public Health by Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Innovators in Health Equity and Racial Justice webinar series by the Bouvé College of Health Sciences will host Dr. Thea James virtually as part of this ongoing series. Dr. James is associate professor of emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and president of Boston Medical and Dental Staff.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 4 p.m. EST. 


#MeToo attorney Debra Katz

#MeToo attorney Debra Katz, who is currently representing one of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s female accusers, delivers remarks to Northeastern’s Women’s Law Caucus.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST.

Location: School of Law, Library Sunroom, 1st floor

Khoury College and the Student Support Initiative celebrate Women in Tech

Connect with some clubs on campus, meet some of the Khoury student-success guides, and enjoy grab-and-go offerings of snacks by women-owned companies. While this event will focus on the experiences of women in tech, students of all gender identities are welcome to participate in the in-person celebration.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. EST.

Location: West Village H, Room 102

Promoting Gender Inclusion in the Sciences

The College of Science virtual seminar series will focus on efforts to promote gender inclusion in the sciences and highlight the college’s 2021-2022 Advancing Women in Science scholars. The series is designed to be a conversation among COS faculty, students, and the external community about the positive impact of scientific discovery on our daily lives.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. EST.


#MeToo’s Katz

Debra Katz continues her visit to Northeastern when she meets with students in gender and sexuality studies professor Libby Adler’s class. Adler has written extensively on sexuality, gender, family and children, including foster care. Note: the Northeastern community is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. EST.

Location: School of Law, Dockser Hall, Room 94

School of Law reception for #MeToo’s Katz

Debra Katz attends a reception with School of Law faculty, graduates, and staff. Note: the Northeastern community is welcome to attend.

Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST.

Location: School of Law, Library Sunroom

Women in Engineering

The College of Engineering hosts a panel discussion featuring Women in Engineering faculty who will share their journeys—“Breaking Barriers” into Academy. Panelists include: Loretta Fernandez, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and marine and environmental sciences; Mona Minkara, assistant professor of bioengineering; and Rebecca Willits, professor and chair of chemical engineering.

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at time TBD

Registration link TBD

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