There’s a lot happening in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month this year within the outdoor community. And although we’re missing physical gatherings and traveling to film festivals and conferences, the biggest perk of events going virtual this year is that you can attend from anywhere. Sign us up for everything, please! These are the virtual events we’ll be attending (and hosting!) from our homes around the world:
It’s been a tumultuous year, but our friends at NMLFF are still pushing onward and upward, and they’re hoping to bring a small slice of joy to their community at their 6th Annual Flagship Festival. Over 4 days, over 40 films will be screened, and they’ve got 4 rockin’ panel discussions, 3 dope presentations, 2 virtual yoga sessions, 1 body-positive movement workout, 1 live podcast, and endless stoke in their schedule this year.
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Hosted by the Lady Alliance, the Empowerment Festival celebrates, unites, and inspires adventurers around North America by bringing together a collection of empowering female speakers and films to discuss and encourage self-love and confidence in adventure. Some of the speakers include: Mo Crazy Ladies, Anoushé Husain, Erin Parisi, Krysten Kaladkarin, Alex Martel, Megan Kee.
This event is a pre-recorded video interview/film festival event hosted on The Lady Alliance TV with new speakers released every day through March 8, and will remain viewable for free until 11:59PM PST March 12.
A global initiative to encourage outdoor play, Get the Girls Out! on March 5-7, 2021 is a free virtual scavenger hunt via the Goosechase app that inspires and encourages participants to get outside through fun challenges that can be accomplished anywhere.
Regardless of age, ability, geographic location, or experience in the outdoors, Get the Girls Out! celebrates the power of nature to uplift and inspire.
Using a mobile app to provide outdoor-themed missions that participants accomplish to earn points and win prizes, just by signing up to participate in the Get the Girls Out! you’re entered to win amazing prizes directly from our partners.
Our own Gale Straub will be hosting a virtual International Women’s Day event presented by Columbia Sportswear, made up of two Instagram Live conversations.
On March 3rd, tune in on She Explores @she_explores at 12pm EST for a conversation with Raha Moharrak—graphic designer, world nomad, and the first Saudi woman to summit the highest peak in the seven continents.
Teresa Baker has teamed up with JAM Collective & Ravel Media to present a virtual summit for women of the outdoor industry to connect and learn from one another. This three-day event will include workshops, panels, and keynotes ( Intersectional Environmentalist, Kristy Drutman, Cindy Villaseñor, Cristal Cisneros, Jenny Bruso, and Dr. Carolyn Finney), and CEO roundtable discussions with 20 industry leaders. It’ll even be kicked off with a welcoming message by Rep. Deb Haaland!
The summit will be geared towards cis and trans women, as well as people who experience gender discrimination in their outdoor professional and personal lives. It welcomes all people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. All will be streamed live via StreamYard on YouTube, and supported by ASL translators. If you can’t catch it, the event will live on forever on YouTube and highlights will be shared on a special episode of She Explores.
This event is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Backcountry, with support from Merrell, Outdoor Research, Smartwool, Patagonia, and Arc’teryx. All additional proceeds go to The Cairn Project, which supports girls and women outdoor programs across the U.S. through microgrants.
Presented by Life Time, Her Summit is a virtual women’s retreat focused on cycling, running, and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. This event is open to all female-identifying athletes who are interested in learning more about a new sport or outdoor activity, along with endurance and outdoor veterans to hone their skills and get expert advice from top leaders. Days include fitness sessions, keynote speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions for personal interest on topics like nutrition, gear mechanics, pregnancy, menopause and body acceptance, training tips, injury prevention, and others.
What other events are you attending from afar this year?