The third annual International Women’s Day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at La Poste.

Women will honor women during the third annual International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 9.

“It’s a day of celebrating and what we’re doing is celebrating women in the past, in the present and hopes for the future,” said Carol Cavanaugh, one of the event organizers. “We look at their accomplishments and contributions to society, whether it’s political, economical, social, any contributions to society.”

This year’s coffee will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at La Poste. The event will feature seven speakers, including Marleni Grijalva, Lynsi Pasutti, Mindy May Farmer, Theresa Burns, Aimee Carlson, Becky Greenwald and Kelly Moore.

Cavanaugh is looking forward to seeing the event grow in its third year. She held a coffee at her house in 2017 to celebrate International Women’s Day as she didn’t see the day being recognized in America.

She had never heard of the event, held annually on March 8, until she moved to Kazakhstan.

“I noticed every year when that came around, it’s a very big deal for the Kazakhstan women, and the men and children,” she said of International Women’s Day. “It really is a big deal for them, it’s a day of celebrating and honoring them.”

The Kazakhstan women at the orphanage where Cavanaugh volunteered included her in the annual celebration.

When Cavanaugh moved to Perry in 2016, she missed celebrating the event. She then decided to hold a coffee in 2017 at her house and was surprised at the number of women who came.

Cavanaugh wanted to bring the event to the public and so she held an International Women’s Day coffee in 2018 at La Poste. Around 75 people came last year, and Cavanaugh is anticipating that number to expand this year.

Everyone is welcome, she said, and there is no fee to attend. The event will feature pastries, coffee, tea and socializing along with the seven speakers. Door prizes will also be handed out.

Cavanaugh encourages the community to come and check the event out on March 9. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Balance for Better.

“Again, that’s talking about equality. A gender balanced world,” Cavanaugh said. “International Women’s Day really tries to instill the idea of all year to be working towards that too.”