International Women’s Day to be celebrated in Provo March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day and Provo is throwing a party. (Facebook/Provo Celebrates International Women’s Day)

Provo City officials are celebrating International Women’s Day Tuesday, March 8, by inviting the public to attend lectures, an art discussion, a showing of “Suffragette” and a dance party.

And the public is responding. Tickets for The Alison Show dance party are gone; tickets to the showing of “Suffragette” are gone as well. In the International Women’s Day Facebook event page, Provo City said officials expect chairs in the lecture hall to be full.

The day’s events will begin with a breakfast on the third floor of Provo’s city council chambers at 9 a.m. at ​351 W. Center St.

“Suffragette,” which was released October 2015, will be shown in Provo in conjunction with International Women’s Day. (

Provo Mayor John Curtis and his wife Sue Curtis will attend.

A lecture series will follow breakfast starting at 10 a.m. Lecturers will speak at half hour intervals, except for a break between noon and 1 p.m. Lecturers will include women such as Susan Petersen, CEO of Freshly Picked, and Michele Kaufusi, vice president of the Utah School Board Association, according to the event’s website.

Local art gallery and rare books dealer shop “Writ and Vision” will host an art discussion at 7 p.m. Local artists and prominent women featured in this discussion will include C. Jane Kendrick, who has been a major influence in Provo’s Rooftop Concerts; Allison Lew, director of Braid Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs; Mindy Gledhill, a popular musician; and Susan Krueger-Barber, an artist and activist.

The female cast of “Suffragette,” a movie that will be shown in Provo in conjunction with International Women’s Day. (

The celebration will also include The Alison Show dance party at the Velour and a showing of “Suffragette” at Big Door, a local video production agency. Tickets to both events are sold out, but the rest of the events are free for the public to attend.

Event holders encourage men and women to attend. People planning to attend should RSVP through the event website.

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