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International Women's Day, Vegas-style

If you’re dead set on keeping your celebration of the gentler sex to one day a year, then take the International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity and be done with it. Sure, we have a female POTUS candidate who’s committed to equal pay for equal work, but we also live in the state that’s the fifth worst for working moms, according to WalletHub. So, yeah. Still some stuff to check off that to-do list, gals.

Alas, there were no IWD events scheduled in Las Vegas. But you know what would make up for that fail? Ongoing awareness of women’s accomplishments and issues all month long. These ideas can get you started; feel free to add others. Please.

Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., Pro Cyclery Ladies’ Night

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Bike maker Giant is promoting its women-specific design line, Liv, at the bike shop’s new home in Village Square on West Sahara. Although the event promises wine, cheese, bike clothes and accessories, and raffle prizes, consider attending for that other thing that will be there: your fellow female amateur athletes from around the valley.

Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., Breaking Silence: Women Writing on Crime, Conspiracy and Cruelty

Black Mountain Institute hosts this panel discussion aiming to unmask the lies that our culture perpetuates by silencing women. Writers Maggie Nelson, Eliza Griswold and Sally Denton bring their critical, journalistic and poetic sensibilities to bear in a discussion that will undoubtedly be reproduced in some form during the next presidential debate.

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m., Shade Tree HERO fun run/walk

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Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., individual registration is $35, and superhero costumes are encouraged for this 5-kilometer run/walk starting at Ninth and Fremont streets downtown. All proceeds benefit the Shade Tree, which sheltered 3,989 women, 1,910 children and 189 pets during its last fiscal year.

Sunday, March 20, all day, Undie Sunday Bra Event

Caridad homeless charity and Macy’s department store are teaming up to take female military veterans and survivors of domestic violence shopping for skivvies. To make a donation, visit the Facebook page linked above or go to Big Ern’s BBQ on Fremont Street.

Thursday-Sunday through March 20, In the Next Room

Sarah Ruhl’s play about the early history of the vibrator, presented by Las Vegas Little Theatre, uses humor to address timely questions about love, relationships and female pleasure. It involves a doctor innocently inventing a treatment for so-called “hysteria” in women and experimenting with it in his laboratory while his young wife tends to their newborn daughter within earshot.

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022.