#SoldOut: Provo Women’s Day more popular than planners projected


Women's day

If you were hoping to make it to the Provo Women’s Day daytime events, film screening of “Suffragette” or the dance party, but haven’t RSVP’d yet for tickets — bad news, it’s too late. All those events are sold out. But there’s still space open for the free evening bike ride, art discussion and music event on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day. And the city plans to host more events for women throughout the year.

Mayor John Curtis said the idea to celebrate International Women’s Day came from two women in his office — Whitney Booth, public relations coordinator, and Courtney Kendrick, media specialist. Also, “a high percentage of people in my office are female.” He originally was going to be out of town on March 8, but cancelled his trip because he didn’t want to miss the events.

When they started planning the event, they had 50 tickets available for the lecture series, Curtis said. When tickets started going fast, they reconfigured the room to add more seats, but those went quickly too.

“We are realizing how significant it is,” he said. “We realize it’s bigger than we thought.”

The day will start at 9 a.m. with breakfast with Curtis and his wife Sue. They’ll be talking about women and parenting, relationships and community. A lecture series featuring women will follow.

“We’ll be talking about issues that Whitney and Courtney thought were important,” he said. … “I think it’s kind of all aspects of women’s lives — work, family, career, politics, getting more engaged in the community.”

Speakers include:

[pullquote]”I hope it sends a message to the community that we realize we need to do better in the city in making sure opportunities are available to women.” —Provo Mayor John Curtis[/pullquote]

— Susan Petersen, founder and CEO of Freshly Picked, at 10 a.m. She’ll speak about women and entrepreneurship.
— Mica McGriggs, a Ph.D. candidate in counseling psychology at Brigham Young University, at 10:30 a.m. Her subject is “Let’s get in formation: How black consciousness liberates all marginalized groups.”
— Alicia Gettys, communication and operations manager of the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at BYU, at 11 a.m. She’ll speak about doing good.
— Michele Kaufusi, vice president of the Utah School Board Association, at 11:30 a.m. She’ll speak about women and education.
— Jessica Preece, assistant professor of political science at BYU, at 1 p.m. She’ll speak about how to get more women involved in politics.
— Heather Belnap Jensen, associate professor of art history and women’s studies at BYU, at 1:30 p.m. Her subject is “Taking it to the streets: women, art and social activism.”
— Sherrie Hall Everett, founder of Creative Stream Inc. and entrepreneur, at 2 p.m. She’ll speak about women and local politics.
—Shelley Ver Steeg, director of United Way of Utah County’s Women’s Leadership Council, at 2:30 p.m. She’ll speak about philanthropy.
— Erin Davis, aviation dispatcher at Utah Valley University, at 3 p.m. She’ll speak about women and aviation.
— Sariah Masterson, program director at V School and Girl Develop It Provo organizer, at 3:30 p.m. She’ll speak about code and sharing love for technology with the community.

Curtis said he hopes women will come away with an understanding about opportunities for leadership in the city and how to access those. “I hope it sends a message to the community that we realize we need to do better in the city in making sure opportunities are available to women.”

He also hopes it will encourage women to run for office and get involved in the upcoming elections. And he wants it to turn into an annual celebration, and to have events for women throughout the year.

The slow-paced, 3-mile bike ride around Provo starts at 6 p.m. at University Avenue and Center Street, ending at Writ & Vision, where the Art Discussion starts at 7 p.m. The Women in Provo Music Event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Velour Live Music Gallery. The sold-out film screening is at 8 p.m. at Big Door.

For more information about the events, go to provowomensday.com.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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