The Women's Calendar listings are in an
open format. That is, they do not require
a password to review them. This brings enormous
visibility to events and makes it easy
for readers to see what is going on. Additionally, thanks to new technology,
all email addresses on event listings are encoded to prevent spam email
harvesters from grabbing email addresses. This is very cool! Try
it for your site!
There is treasure inside the Calendar. The details provide connections to
hundreds of women's organizations and other excellent
help readers grow their businesses, build
awareness of social issues and
fuel active involvement in local and worldwide communities.
The Women's Calendar history goes back 10 years (actually, it was 8 years back if
one excludes the 2 years the idea fermented in a file folder) as a small event listing service
under its parent, Women's Online Media and Education
Network (W.O.M.E.N.) and part of the
Women's Radio Web site. Each year
listings grew...albeit slowly. The Team manually added each listing.
No big deal...until...the decision to bring the Calendar out of the shadows
and into the limelight was made in February 2002. It launched as
National Women's Calendar,
covering events primarily in the US and Canada.
It was the hope that the Calendar would grow slowly and deliberately.
(Ha!...imagine the Hoover Dam breaking) In the first month, the
listing of events doubled. The pop-eyed Team could barely keep up with
the listings. The amount of events quadrupled in the subsequent quarter and
the Team was camping out at the computer network till the early morning
Today, the first iteration of technological wizardry maintains the Calendar
listings on autopilot. Over 3,000 events have been posted making the Women's Calendar one of the
most popular Web sites for listing events for women worldwide. (Some say we
are the biggest and we don't mind taking their word on this. But, our
goal is to provide good service and let the rest take care of itself.)
The Women's Calendar takes an earnest grassroots
approach to service. The Calendar Team fields over a thousand e-mails a week
from women looking for contacts and assistance. Many times a personal phone
call is made...personal contact is incredibly
rewarding. It cements relationships that can last a lifetime. This sums
up the mission and passion of the people of the Women's Calendar.
We get asked frequently about the
types of events we publish and whether we have a particular bias as to
what events get posted or mentioned.
The Women's Calendar is a diverse journal of events and resources
for women of all walks of life...liberal, conservative, fundamental and
libertarian. Though we have editorial jurisdiction, we seldom
interfere with the posting of events by women seeking community.
The Calendar Team practices journalism with the First Amendment as the basis
for this publication. Women are welcome to make known their points of view
about the events that are posted by contacting us and giving feedback; or,
better yet, by contacting the event sponsors.
The Women's Calendar strives for balance and, yet, it sparks
thought. When it comes to certain values, women are amazingly unified on
many levels. More importantly, we found that most women are up to the task
of changing things.
The Team (the sleeping mats are in storage now)