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What is International Women's Day?

International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s as a response to increased female activism and unrest. As women campaigned for change in the United States and across the world, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in America in February of 1909. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland in 1911 after being created and voted upon at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. These early International Women’s Day celebrations worked to end discrimination and focused on women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office.

Since its early roots in labor movements and women’s marches, International Women’s Day has grown to become a day of celebration and acknowledgement of women’s achievements throughout the world. The United Nations recognizes International Women’s Day as a global day dedicated to women’s rights and international peace. Today, it is a day that serves to recognize the political, economic, and social achievements of women throughout the world. International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world in countries such as China, Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, and Zambia with political rallies, conferences, theatre performances, parades, and gift-giving to women.


International Women's Day at Texas A&M

International Women’s Day was brought to Texas A&M in 2012 by the student organization Aggie Women in Leadership (now The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University (AAUW-TAMU) and the Women's Resource Center. Recognizing the diverse nature of the Aggie family and the importance of global leadership, Aggie Women in Leadership felt that International Women’s Day was an important event to bring to the Texas A&M campus. With the goals of celebrating cultural diversity and raising awareness of global women’s issues, the 2012 celebration of International Women’s Day consisted of a “Cross-Cultural Catwalk” fashion show displaying traditional dress from countries around the world, and a panel discussion with representatives from Nigeria, Bolivia, Ghana, India and the Ukraine.

In 2015, AAUW-TAMU and the Women's Resource Center partnered with a number of student organizations to host the International Women's Day: Implementing Change Conference. In the following year, the student organizations programmed the conference around the theme of “Women in Power”. The conference is hosted annually on campus during Women's History Month and the theme for each year is chosen by the conference planning committee.  


2018 International Women's Day Conference

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world in different forms. This year The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University, along with the Graduate and Professional Student Council, the International Student Association, Women's Organization for Motivation, Expression and Nurturing (WOMEN), and the Women's Resource Center are thrilled to present International Women's Day: Press for Progress Conference on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 4:45 pm to 8:00 pm in the Bethancourt Ballroom, MSC 2300C. The conference will include performances, presentations, and small group discussions, as well as a catered meal.  Registration for the conference closes on March 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Conference Schedule:

4:30 pmParticiapnt Check In Begins
4:45 pmDinner Served
5:00 pmConference Program Begins


Conference Participant Registration 

Use the link below to register for the conference.  Please note, all registrants will be sent an email on March 2nd asking them to confirm their attendance.  The deadline to confirm is 8:00 am on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Any seats not claimed at that time will be offered to students on the waitlist. 

Registration Closed - We apologize for closing registration early; however we had a higher then expected registration and are at capacity.

If you have any questions about the International Women’s Day: Press for Progress Conference, contact The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M at  

Conference Timeline

Friday, February 9, 2018Registration Open
Friday, March 2, 2018 | 5:00 PMRegistration Close
Monday, March 5, 2018 | 8:00 AMDeadline for registrants to confirm attendance
Monday, March 5, 2018 | 8:30 AMIndividuals on wait list emailed regarding open seats.  Seats awarded on first reply first serve basis.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018International Women's Day: Press for Progress Conference