Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) partnered with Southbank Centre, London to bring Women of the World (WOW) to Baltimore. The two-day, global festival, held at NDMU on October 7 and 8, celebrated women as a force for positive change.
“We partnered with WOW to create an inclusive, learning and sharing environment,” said NDMU President Marylou Yam. “It is exciting when two organizations with similar missions come together, and we are proud to be part of this powerful movement to continue to improve the global landscape for women and for everyone.”
WOW brought local, national, and international contributors to the stage to celebrate and discuss issues most important to women – including equal pay, race, gender equality, politics, activism, education, LBGTQ, health, and more. Live music, entertainment, food trucks, speed mentoring, and a local marketplace were part of the festivities.
“WOW celebrates women and girls and takes a frank look at what’s stopping them from achieving their potential,” said Jude Kelly, WOW Founder and Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, London. “WOW is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, and I’m so pleased that Baltimore is part of this story for change.”
Launched in 2011 in London, WOW Festivals have engaged and inspired more than one million women across five continents and cities.
Beginning in 2015, NDMU held WOW Think-ins and invited Baltimore businesses and community leaders along with citizens to come together to determine what issues and topics were important to women and the surrounding community.