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We’re at an inflection point in our country. What we do in the next five years will impact the next five decades. If we are going to protect our personal rights, our communities, and democracy itself, we need to build the biggest movement possible.
We need to consolidate women and allies around shared values, experience, and culture to build a nation that works for all of us. The 2023 Women’s Convention will provide a space for you to rejuvenate and find connection and support.
Whether you are brand new to social change work or a veteran activist, this space is built for you. You will gain tools, make connections, and experience the feminist future we want to live in. While Women’s March is a key vehicle for the new power of everyday women, our Women’s Convention connects you to the network of the movement and equips you with the skills, training, and opportunities you’ll need to become change agents in your own communities.
Learn more: www.thewomensconvention.com
What is the Women’s Convention?
The Women’s Convention is a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums, creative expression, and intersectional movement building. It will be a place where cause, community, and creativity intersect. We will provide a space where people can meet, share common interests, and engage on issues of civic engagement, accelerated by pop culture. We will engage activists by melding traditional organizing programming with non-traditional programming, including salons, art spaces, screenings, social programming, and women’s workforce development.
This convention will leverage the power of culture shift through skilling up and storytelling to create an empowered space of feminist momentum. This event will mobilize and unite movements for gender justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and environmental justice and bring thousands of participants to combine activism and creative expression among everyday people.
When and where is it?
The Women’s Convention will run from Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 22, 2023. The location is the Baird Center in Milwaukee, WI. Visit www.thewomensconvention.com to learn more about transportation, lodging, and to find our feminist guide to visiting Milwaukee.
How much does it cost?
General admission is $350 per person—an amount that covers the full cost of entrance to the Women’s Convention. If your employer is paying for your registration, we ask that you please register at the institutional level, $555 per person. We also offer a number of other registration levels for movement partners, essential workers, students, youth, seniors, and anyone else for whom the full registration cost would represent a hardship. All tickets include a registration bag filled with goodies from our friends at Revolution Beauty, Lush Cosmetics, and more. Below is an overview of ticketing options:
Are children permitted?
At the Women’s Convention, we believe in inclusivity, and that means all children are welcome! In fact, it wouldn’t be a true feminist event without a baby (or 20) in the mix!
Please note that all minors under 18 must have a ticket, even those attending for free. You can register and purchase tickets here.
If you need childcare during the event, we’ve got some recommendations! Here are some top-rated childcare providers within a 15-minute radius of our venue that are open on weekends:
A Mother’s Helping HandDistance: 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive / Reviews: Highly rated, best reviewed in the area
Gates Family DaycareDistance: Short drive / Reviews: Good reviews
Angela’s Lil AngelsDistance: 15-minute walk or short drive / Reviews: Good reviews, higher capacity available
Please remember to contact these providers directly to confirm cost, availability, and any specific needs you may have.
Are scholarships available?
The Women’s Convention strives to be accessible to women and allies regardless of economic barriers. We wish we could make the event less for everyone, but the prices we are offering are necessary to cover the cost of the conference. The Women’s Convention aims to award scholarships, ranging from waived admission to full travel and accommodations. Donate to our scholarship fund here or donate when your purchase your ticket. If you want more information about scholarships, please click here.
We’re continuing to build on the success of the 2022 Women’s Convention by hosting it in Wisconsin for 2023 & 2024.
Wisconsin is a vitally important state in 2024. Referred to as the incubator for our country’s tribal politics, many pundits think that Wisconsin is one of the states that will be both a deciding factor in the 2024 Presidential election and one that demonstrates the deep polarization that characterizes U.S. politics. With strong organizing, Wisconsin is flippable and Women’s March has the ability to make an impact on the outcome of the election.
Women’s March has been making strategic interventions in Wisconsin since 2022, through both mobilizations and electoral strategies. The Women’s Convention will continue that investment with those women and communities who are the backbone and future of Wisconsin. We know that Women’s March belongs to our marchers and that they are the ones that make a change in whatever place they call home. We can support, connect, and amplify what they are doing and can do in their own backyards.
Who will be there?
The Women’s Convention will bring together over a thousand everyday women activists, allies, movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of new grassroots leaders who’ve organized in their communities and taken to the streets since January 2017. We hope to make this one of the largest convenings of its kind, and a unique opportunity for everyday women and our allies—from all backgrounds, and experiences—to learn together, share expertise, and unite around collective goals and strategies.
What is the program? What can attendees expect?
We are developing a program of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums, and intersectional movement building based on the input, ideas, and efforts of organizers from our grassroots movements. Attendees—regardless of prior experience—can expect to be inspired, challenged, connected, and educated. The goal of the Women’s Convention is for participants to leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills, and strategies for working towards a collective feminist future. Visit www.thewomensconvention.com for up-to-date programming information.
Want to submit a workshop or idea for consideration? Visit www.thewomensconvention.com
Where can I stay?
Women’s March has negotiated a limited amount of discounted room rates at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Visit www.thewomensconvention.com to book directly and take advantage of these rates.
Will there be a live-stream?
Yes. Selected events will be live-streamed.
Are people of all faiths welcome?
The Women’s Convention is open to people of all or no religious faiths. We will have space to accommodate for observance and prayer.
Are meals included?
No, meals are on your own with time allotted for participants to get food at nearby eateries.
Will the convention be accessible for disabled participants?
Yes! We are working hard to make sure the convention is inclusive and accessible. The Baird Center is ADA-compliant. If you have specific accessibility requests, please email [email protected], or visit our on-site help desk.
What is your COVID policy?
Women’s March takes the spread of COVID-19 seriously. Our top priority is to try our best to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable at the Women’s Convention.
• We recommend that attendees wear masks during the event. We’re very grateful to WellBefore for their generosity in providing everyone masks that you will find in your registration bag.
• While our establishment does not require masks to enter, please be kind to those who choose to wear a mask.
• We encourage social distancing throughout the space.
• We’ll have sanitizing lotion available throughout the venue.
• We’ll have COVID tests available should you need it, please email [email protected] (during the convention).
• If you don’t feel well during the conference, please inform Women’s March staff at registration or email [email protected].
• DO NOT attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:
Levels of circulating virus: The CDC is tracking levels of community transmission at the county level (here), using both the number of new cases reported and the percent of tests that are positive. Communities are classified as having low, moderate, substantial, or high transmission, with greater transmission levels meaning higher risk of infection in those communities. There are separate data sets for hospitalizations and deaths.
If you don’t feel well during the conference, please inform Women’s March staff at registration or email [email protected].
All ticket sales are final, but if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket one time to another attendee.