Contact: Yuhui Chen
Academy of Art Automobile Museum
1849 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States of America

International Women's Day is celebrated each year on March 8 to recognize women’s achievements, to raise awareness, and to reflect on gender equality worldwide. The celebration of this day began in New York City on March 8, 1857, by textile workers who called for shorter workdays and improved wages. In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day, and it has since become a movement to honor women across the globe.

As March 8, 2023, approaches, we cordially invite you to join us in this in-person celebration at the Auto Museum of the Academy of Art University, which is home to over 200 classic cars and one of the best museums in the Bay Area. This is a wonderful opportunity to network, to hear women's inspiring and thought-provoking stories firsthand, to participate in assembling comfort care kits for local women in need, and to discover ways to empower each other worldwide. Everyone is welcome to attend either the VIP Reception (beginning at 3:30 p.m.) or the General Reception (beginning at 4 p.m.).

The PROGRAM will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Welcome from Emcees: Johwell Saint-Cilien of the Rotary Club for Global Action Member and Past Rotary District 5150 Governor Mary Bates of the Rotary Club of Foster City 
  • Welcome Address: Dr. Elisa Stephens, President, Academy of Art University and Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco 
  • Presenters:

Dr. Sylvia Whitlock,
Police Chief Tracy Avelar,
Firefighter Bella DeRuvo,
Rotary District 5150 Interact Youth Leaders, as they “look to the future”.

When: March 8, 2023

Where: This event will be held at the Academy of Art Automobile Museum, 1849 Washington Street (corner of Washington Street and Van Ness Avenue). Follow signs to enter on the Van Ness Avenue side. 

Transportation and Parking: The Museum is very accessible by public transportation; the MUNI 49 bus drops you off with a minute’s walking distance. For those who wish to drive, there is street parking and also a paid parking garage at Old First Garage at 1725 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, a five-minute, two-block walk to the venue.


VIP RECEPTION: Limited to first 20 registrants. Early admission (3:30 p.m.. Meet and Greet VIPs. $80 per person.

GENERAL RECEPTION: Open to all registrants. Admission at 4 p.m. $50 per person.

Everyone will enjoy refreshments and have an opportunity to assemble a comfort care kit.


Questions: Please contact Event Chair Yuhui Chen (District 5150 Vocational Service Chair) at 408.455.2811 if you have questions.

International Women's Day 2023 flyer