International Women's Day
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is both a celebration of women around the world and an opportunity to educate people about the plight of women in other countries. Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
2013 Theme - The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum
Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women's equality.
Keynote Speaker: Manuela Roosevelt
Manuela Roosevelt was born in Bern, Switzerland and received her BA in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University). She started Labyrinth Publishing AG in 1987, a Swiss-based book packaging company that became one of the primary book creation houses in Europe, selling successful titles to Bertelsmann book-clubs and trade houses, as well as co-publishing with U.S. and Asian publishers.
In 1998, Manuela moved to the U.S. where she formed Book Laboratory, a small book creation house responsible for the illustration and publication of Prof. Stephen Hawking’s multi-million copy bestsellers The Illustrated Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell (translated into 31 languages). Book Laboratory was perhaps the first to create a gift book line, with successful titles such as The Buddha Box, Dharma Cards, and The Rumi Box. The company also produced The Illustrated World’s Religions by Huston Smith, which formed the basis for Bill Moyer’s PBS series The World’s Religions, and many other national and international best-sellers.
Since 2011, she serves as the CEO of Springwood Media LLC, a digital publisher of highly innovative academic learning systems. With her husband and two young daughters she divides her time between the Hudson Valley and her homes in Europe.
Keynote Speaker: Carla Goldstein
Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and co-founder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. An attorney with 25 years of experience in public interest advocacy, she has contributed to more than 100 city, state, and federal laws and has worked extensively in city and state government on issues related to women’s rights, poverty, public health, and social justice. She is a commentator for WAMC’s show 51%, writes a column and serves on the advisory board for Feminist.com,and serves as an adviser to Women Without Borders.
Speaker: Rose Harvey
Citing her "experience and knowledge as well as her expertise creating countless cost-effective parks, playgrounds and open spaces in under-served communities," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Rose Harvey to serve as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in January 2011. For 27 years, Ms. Harvey held multiple leadership positions with The Trust for Public Land. Serving as Regional Director for 17 years, she led a 50 person staff in an eight-state region that, each year, purchased about $75 million of conservation lands and, annually designed and developed 10 to 12 new urban parks with and for under-served communities.
Featured Youth Speaker: (Ria) Macallan Durkin
After living in Botswana, Africa, (Ria) Macallan Durkin began helping other children by providing food for homeless youth in her hometown. Upon returning to the U.S., Macallan wanted to continue to do her part and so she formed the nonprofit foundation Goody Goodies at the age of 11. Today, Goody Goodies has affected children not only in Botswana but also in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Guatemala. Here in the U.S. she gives inspirational speaking engagements for girl scouts, youth groups and schools. She is a youth ambassador for CELF (Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation), she has presented at the U.N. during the closing ceremonies for the Year of Youth Council, is a GTL (Global Teen Leader) for Three Dot Dash, and over the years has been honored with numerous awards including Prudential's Spirit of Community, AAUW's My Sister's Keeper Hall of Fame, Kohl's Kids Care and WPDH's Kids Who Rock.
Featured Spoken Word Artist: Poet Gold
Poet Gold is a published writer, spoken word performer, poet and community artivist. She is an active member of the Dutchess County Arts Council and the Artist Action Group. Her work is driven by the desire to triumph over personal challenges and the belief that everyone has greatness inside of them. Through Gold’s performance and writing, she grabs you by the heart and says “Recognize.”
Thank you to the participating restaurants for honoring all discounts during the day on Saturday, March 9. Not available in conjunction with any other offers and only redeemable with a special flyer available at International Women's Day.
Cosimo's Brick Oven (Poughkeepsie) - 15% discount
Aloy’s Garden Restaurant (Poughkeepsie) - 10% discount
Dutchess Diner (Poughkeepsie) - 10% discount
Gateway Diner (Highland) - 10% discount
Coppola’s La Fantasia (Highland) - 20% discount
Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steakhouse (Poughkeepsie) - $1 off beer; 25% discount on food
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