A few months ago, I had a lofty idea around (1) doing something in Edmonds for International Women’s Day on March 8 and (2) creating a fun activity for underserved women and girls in our community. Being a big Marvel comics fan and learning that their first female superhero movie would be debuting on International Women’s Day, I thought it would a cool idea to have an all-female viewing of the film that evening. I reached out to local theaters, then to the Edmonds School District to see if they would be interested in participating. They said yes.
I decided to share my idea with a cross-section of female community and neighborhood leaders in Edmonds. I was overwhelmed by the immediate offers of support and resources to make this happen. What started as a one-woman project turned into a grassroots effort, and expanded to having a networking lunch event to be hosted at 190 Sunset. Female business owners reached out and offered to donate items for a goodie bag that would be given to lunch attendees!
With these events now being less than two weeks away, these efforts have garnered attention from larger agencies in Seattle. The screening will has now grown and being moved into a larger theater thanks to the support of women-led organizations: The Riveter, Seattle Storm, Swedish Medical Center and YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. I look forward to seeing how this all comes together.
While there are so many people and organizations to thank, none of this would have been possible without the initial support of the women I reached out to. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank them publically:
- Diane Buckshnis
- Carin Chase
- The Hon. Maralyn Chase (Ret.)
- Kristen Cline
- Pam Erickson
- Dr. Jean Hernandez
- Samm Jaenieke
- Laura, Sierra and Emma Johnson
- BJ Reeves Kempf
- Denise Miller
- Maria Montalvo
- Susan Paine
- Michelle Van Tassell
- Teresa Wippel
For more information on these events, you can visit www.aliciainedmondsblog.com/IWD