How Birmingham is celebrating Women’s History Month + 6 events

Women's Foundation of Alabama
Powerful, impactful and strong women. (Women’s Foundation of Alabama)

Today, March 1, marks the first day of Women’s History Month. The City of Birmingham and local businesses are supporting impactful women through panels, luncheons, campaigns and more. Keep reading for events and the Birmingham-wide #StrongHER campaign.

Birmingham #StrongHER campaign

Unleashed, a Philanthroparty
Embrace one another, love everyone. (Women’s Foundation of Alabama)

The 2023 theme for #StrongHer, the City of Birmingham’s annual salute to outstanding women, is “Born to Make a Difference: Then and Now”. It will be a celebration of women’s journeys from childhood to adulthood and the inspiring lessons learned along the way. 

“We live in a city where women are making moves that spark change. The women highlighted in this campaign are just an example of the thousands of other female gamechangers working to make a difference in our city, our country and the world. I salute them all.”

Randall Woodfin, Birmingham Mayor

International Women’s Day | March 8

International Women’s Day which is on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The goal is to create a more gender-equal world, free of bias and discrimination. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity focuses on why equal opportunities aren’t enough, true inclusion requires equitable action.


International Women's Day 2020, Forge
How are you celebrating Women’s History Month? (Forge)

1. International Women’s Day Celebration | Forge + One Degree Marketing

The women of the Forge team have partnered with One Degree Marketing to host an International Women’s Day celebration. Celebrate women who are making an impact in Birmingham through their contributions to our society. There will also be a mini-market full of local female-owned businesses to shop at.

Schedule for the morning:

  • 8:00-8:30: Networking, breakfast by Blueroot and mimosas
  • 8:30-9:15: Panel discussion 
  • 9:15-9:30: Q&A 
  • 9:30-10:30 Mini-market

2. Women’s Adventure Film Tour | Sidewalk Film

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is back for the sixth year and is coming to Sidewalk Film for three days. The tour is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

3. International Women’s Day Program | UAB

Join UAB and other local community groups as they present tables and host activities related to women’s equity issues. Learn how you can make a difference in reproductive justice, education access and local social justice. There will also be women-owned businesses and vendors selling their unique goods, so come prepared to shop!

4. EmpowerHer Luncheon + Awards Ceremony | Birmingham Urban League

The Birmingham Urban League EmpowerHer awards luncheon highlights the contributions of Alabama women. The theme, the “Shades of Her”, will highlight women of color and the advancements of women-owned businesses.

5. The Women Gather | Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Hosted by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, this special event consists of poetry, dance and song revolving around the theme “Women Who Tell Our Stories”. The event will feature local artists from different entertainment genres.

6. Bards & Brews Women’s History Month Open Mic | Uptown Jazz

Bards & Brews is heading to Uptown Jazz in on March 3rd for our Women’s History Month open mic. The night will be led by featured poet, Blaque Diamond. The theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” which will be presented by talented spoken word artists sharing original works.

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Emma Johnston
Emma Johnston
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