By Faith Briggs
March is one of our favorite months, its when we get to start thinking about springtime, when the days get a little longer, of course it’s March Madness and… it’s Women’s Month! To be fair, every month is Women’s Month at The Athletic with our Founder CEO Julie Krasniak leading the charge (and the four other women that work here backing her up!), but to further celebrate the occasion, we’ll be sharing a series of profiles on The Journal and our social channels. Make sure to stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook.
We’re kicking it off with an interview with Jessi Duley, founder of the Lab x Burn. The name does not disappoint. Our quads and our spirits were set on fire. Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter as this interview and little photo story will land on the site this Sunday, March 4th.
Additionally, we’re excitedly planning ways to celebrate the many women who make up such a big part of the Athletic Community. Here’s a preview of what you can look forward to this month. More details coming daily!
International Women’s Day Sunrise Ride
We’ll be celebrating women in good company all around the world. Let’s take advantage and start the day early with some Council Crest loops!
We will meet at the shop at 6:30 am and roll out by 7:00 am. We’ll be back at the shop by 8:30 for coffee and donuts and we do have a shower available for those who need to refresh before they head on to the rest of their day. All are welcome (men, women, riders of all levels) and we can’t wait!
March 28th: Details to follow.
Building Camaraderie and Community Among Women in Sports
A Panel Discussion at The Athletic Community.
We’re beyond stoked for the folks that are going to be on this panel! We’ll do the reveal later in the month but we wanted to send out a save the date so you have it on your radar. There are so many ways that women in and around Portland are building community among women in sports and fitness on both a local and global scale. We’re going to have some heavy-hitters in the house. More info to come!
---- Elsewhere in and around Portland! ----
MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 1
Experience Biketown: Portland’s Bike Share System Biketown is sponsoring one free ride per person throughout March. Use the promo code in all caps WOMEN1 good for a Day Pass ($12 value). The Day Pass will activate as soon as the code is entered and is good for 24 hours and 180 minutes of ride time. For more details, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/deep/we
Proclamation by City Council
March 7th, 9:45AM
Join us at City Hall to hear Mayor Wheeler proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Show your support as Ashely Tjaden, Betsy Quitugua, Janine Gates, Michelle Hansmann, and Tiffani Penson address Council.
International Women’s Day: March 8th - 5:30-8:30pm
Nike + Women Who Code Invite you to Celebrate International Women’s Day at Nike for a fun evening of talks from experienced technical women, networking, and food + drinks. Come enjoy conversations, great swag and the company of fellow software engineers. Held at the Decathalon Club Cafe, 15350 SW Koll Pkway. Beaverton, OR 97006. Register and Event Details here.
Saturday March 10th, 5pm - 10pm
International Women’s Day Art Show and Silent Auction
Over 40 artists have generously donated a piece that they feel represent them — WOMEN. All proceeds will be donated to Rose Haven, a Portland-based shelter serving women and children who have experienced the trauma of abuse, loss of home and poverty. Location: Jolby & Friends - Details are here.
THORNS Spring Invitationals - March 11 - 17
The Portland Thorns are set to host their third-annual Thorns Spring Invitational at the University of Portland.
Sunday, March 11 - Houston Dash vs. U.S. U-23 Women's National Team at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific); Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at University of Portland (Merlo Field)
Wednesday, March 14 - Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific).; Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 Women's National Team at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) at University of Portland (Merlo Field)
Tuesday, March 13th - 10:00 am
Warning: Bad Ass Women at Work
A panel featuring our friend from BurnCycle and The Lab x Burn, Jessi Duley, Melita Callahan of Tricor and Kendra Carpenter of Swaha.
Location: A.wordsmith, Details here.
March 13th: SuperWomen Speak Up!
You're invited to join The Superwoman Society at Studio Northwest for an evening of conversation, collaboration and learning. This month's topic is on Speaking Up!
The Superwoman Society is a community for professional women looking to make authentic, genuine and productive connections. This is a safe and supportive networking experience meant to expand opportunities, possibilities and impact for women.
More info here.
MARCH Around Portland, 12th - 26th
Dress for Success Clothing Drive Donate gently used professional women’s clothing of all sizes, plus sizes encouraged. If you are interested in coordinating a donation bin or have questions contact Ashley Tjaden. Donation bins: Portland Water Bureau: 2010 N Interstate Avenue (Jamila Meeks); Portland Water Bureau: 664 N Tillamook Street (Anna DiBenedetto); PP&R SUN School- Faubion (Aly’ce Brannon-Reid) ; City Hall (Michelle Hansmann); Pioneer Tower (Bethany Nabhan), BDS CH2M Building (Crystle Cowen); 1900 Bldg (Rosa Lehman); Columbia Square (Becky Chiao); Charles Jordan Community Center (Cynthia Castro); Water Pollution Control Lab (Rhonda Anderson); Multnomah Arts Center (Sarah Brenner). visit portlandoregon.gov/deep/we for more locations.
MARCH 19, MON | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection
Come watch Reshma Saujani’s Ted Talk “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection” and join in a discussion about how to be comfortable with imperfection, take risks, and move forward. Questions? Anna Becker Columbia Square Building, 111 SW Columbia St, 8th Floor Conference Room
MARCH 19, MON | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Women in the Arts Workshops: Acting Skills for the Real World
Any woman in the workplace can benefit from the skills actors use to help build confidence and strengthen communication. Through improv, theatre games, and short scene work, reveal the natural actor inside you and strengthen skills you can use at work and school from giving presentations to working with clients. Stimulate the imagination, spark creativity, learn to have fun and relax while thinking on your feet and navigating new situations; this class will energize, challenge, inspire and surprise you! Instructor: Alyson Osborn 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Multnomah Arts Center, Auditorium Spaces are limited. To register, contact Sarah Brenner. Sponsored by Multnomah Arts Center Association.
MARCH 19, MON | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Women in the Arts Workshops: Textile Printing with Punch!
Create your own designs of women’s empowerment and print them as posters or on t-shirts, scarves, bags, or other textiles. The class will explore block print and simple non-photographic screen printing methods (e.g. stencils). MAC provides the easy-cut block, inks, tools, shared screens, paper, scarf; bring your own shirts, totes, or other fabric. Instructor: Palmarin Merges 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Multnomah Arts Center, Trayle Print Studio Spaces are limited. To register, contact Sarah Brenner. Sponsored by Multnomah Arts Center Association.
MARCH 28, WED | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Women’s History Month Happy Hour
Grab a drink with members of the City’s Women’s Empowerment Affinity Group! Questions? Betsy Quitugua. Crush, 1400 SE Morrison St., Queer Friendly MARCH 29, THU | 5:00 PM Group Bike Ride: East Bank Esplanade Loop Haven’t used your Biketown promo yet? Grab your Biketown bike and join us for a 2.5 mile ride around the East Bank Esplanade. Rain or Shine. Questions? Natalie Luttrell Meet at City Hall facing SW 4th