March is Women’s History Month. Tampa Bay will be honoring women with live music, speakers, awards and more. Check out the list of events below to find out how you can celebrate your femininity.
Women’s History Month Celebration
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: TBD in March, 2013
Do you know an outstanding woman employed by the City of Tampa that deserves to be recognized? This annual event, now in its 17th year, began as a way to award female employees for their many accomplishments and contributions to the City of Tampa. Every year, the Women’s History Month Committee “solicits nominations for the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award, an honor named in memory of the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and a pioneer of women’s issues.” In addition to the presentation of the award, the program also includes entertainment, a keynote address and a display developed by the Archives and Records Department.
Take Back the Night 2013
Curtis Hixon Park
600 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: April 21, 2013
The Crisis Center of Tampa, together with the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay, is hosting this “interactive event that creates awareness, empowers survivors and educates the community about sexual violence.” This four-hour event includes a resource fair, clothesline project and music fest from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a ceremony, special service award and men’s pledge from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and ends with an empowerment march, candlelight vigil and survivor speak-out. Over 85 organizations are participating to speak out against rape, incest, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. All are invited to wear teal and share their journeys of help, hope and healing.
Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club
1500 16th St.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Dates: First and third Tuesdays of every month
Toastmasters is an organization that helps women grow both personally and professionally. No matter what career you’ve chosen, from a stay-at-home mother to a business executive, you will have the opportunity to build communication skills and learn to express yourself in a variety of situations. Toastmasters teaches women skills that help them give better presentations at work, lead and participate in meetings and even how to handle interactions with friends, family and colleagues. Toastmasters offers a safe, supportive environment to practice your speaking skills and progress on at your own pace.
Women’s Resource Center of Tampa, Inc.
1017 Kingsway Road
Brandon, FL 33510
(813) 661-3696 x242
The Women’s Resource Center of Tampa, founded in 2003, is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization that provides individualized services to families, single parents, veterans, the homeless and other individuals in need. It is a safe place where individuals and families in crisis can find respect, hope and the support they need to make changes in their lives, as well as meet their basic needs. The Center works with each individual to provide emergency clothes, food, housing, employment or transportation and continues to assist the family as a support coach once the family is stable.
Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women
Doubletree Resort by Hilton
4500 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Dates: March 13th and April 10th at 12 p.m.
Registration for meetings held by the Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. On March 13th, Susan Freeman, author of “Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others,” will be giving a talk called “Are You Bringing Your ‘A’ Game?” On April 10th, the organization will be hosting a Young Careerist Competition, which is a program that “recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young women and men between the ages of 21 and 35.” Participants compete to represent BPW on the local and state level by giving a prepared four-minute speech, interviewing with judges and preparing an autobiographical statement.
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