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2023 Women's History Month Events + Resources in DSM

2022 Women's History Month

March 8, 2023

Beginning March 1, Women’s History Month events take place across Greater Des Moines (DSM) to showcase the contributions and achievements of women. Find resources for women business owners below and female-centric organizations and celebrate Women’s History Month with events across DSM in 2023.


National Women in Construction Week Events

National Women in Construction (NAWIC) Week in DSM takes place Sunday, March 5 through Saturday, March 11. Along with a 60th Anniversary Celebration, NAWIC Week includes a day of volunteering and a project tour of the Iowa State Capitol.LEARN MORE>

Trailblazing Women Scavenger Hunt

Take part in a scavenger hunt to celebrate Women’s History Month at the Forest Avenue Library from Monday, March 6 through Saturday, March 11. LEARN MORE>

2023 Mentoring for Women

The West Des Moines and Clive Chambers of Commerce are holding the sixth annual Mentoring for Women event from 7 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at The Rewind Hotel on Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. LEARN MORE>

4th Annual Period Packing Party

In honor of International Women’s Day, the fourth annual Period Packing Party will hold two period packing session from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at The Hall DSM in West Des Moines. Session one will be from 10 a.m. until Noon, while session two will be from 1 – 3 p.m. LEARN MORE>

Empowerment Workshops

The Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) will hold Empowerment Workshops for fifth through seventh graders on Tuesday, March 14 and for eighth through twelfth graders on Wednesday, March 15. The workshops include lunch and transportation to those within seven miles of YWRC.LEARN MORE>

Women in the Woods with Wine

Register for this 21+ event where you can get outside with other women and learn about the natural world. The cost is $15. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Jester Park Nature Center. LEARN MORE>

Ready to Run Workshop

On Friday, March 24, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University will hold a Ready to Run Iowa morning workshop on fundraising, identifying donors, campaign finance laws and more, while an afternoon workshop will discuss building a campaign team and creating a campaign plan. Learn More>

Resources for Women in DSM

There are many organizations for women and girls in DSM. For women interested in supporting the arts and education in Des Moines, the Des Moines Women’s Club will holds both Art Exhibition Days and Club Days throughout the month. Interested in helping build a better DSM? Junior League of Des Moines will help you meet other women interested in volunteering and improving the community. If you’re a female business owner in the region, consider membership with the National Association of Women Business Owners in Iowa, or NAWBO Iowa. In March, NAWBO Iowa will hold two events, including “Coffee & Conversation” on Friday, March 10 and “Spring Decluttering Checklist: 10 Things to Minimize in March” on Tuesday, March 21. Finally, Women United, an organization through United Way of Central Iowa, works to improve children’s lives through early care and learning opportunities. When you give to this organization, through investment or volunteering, you help create and grow programs for young children in DSM.

You can find a full listing of organizations for women and girls in Iowa here.

Greater Des Moines (DSM) welcomes diverse talent to the region. As one of the fastest growing business communities, inclusion and attracting diverse talent in the workplace is a key strategy of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more here.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Dr. Marvin DeJear

Dr. Marvin DeJear is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Greater Des Moines Partnership and former director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families.