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The social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are being celebrated across the world on Wednesday, March 8, as part of the annual International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Be Bold For Change.”

Talk about being bold — here in Humboldt we now have an entire 10-day festival dedicated to celebrating women.

It’s called Zero to Fierce, and it offers more than 60 events from March 2 to the 11, which happens to coincide with the global event. Participants have the opportunity to discover, inspire and create through workshops, panels, discussions, performances, music and art. Plus it encompasses a smorgasbord of topics, ranging from women’s health and motherhood to business and activism.

The idea was sparked after Jacqueline Dandeneou of the Arcata Playhouse noticed that the creative work of women was ingrained in many facets of the community and needed some recognition. She began brainstorming, then with the help of several women stepping up to the plate, the Zero to Fierce festival came to life.

“To bring them all together in one space, so not only so they could see all these women, but so the community could see what they’re doing,” said Dandeneou. “Networking and getting the audience to participate.”

In this LoCO Video Report we explore some of the events and have some good ole-fashioned girl time over in the Creamery District. 

As for the festival, there’s several more events lasting through Saturday, with local women in media participating in the daily Lunch Box series on March 9. LoCO’s own Sierra Jenkins will be there!