It's clear from this past weekend's marches around the globe that women worldwide want to be heard on issues that are important to them. Fortunately, central Ohio offers lots of opportunities to demonstrate and celebrate women's corporate and community leadership.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio will be showing up strong at the Ohio Statehouse on Feb. 16 for Ignite Change: A Day to Educate, Motivate, Advocate. Issues on the group’s public policy agenda include minimum wage, pay equity, paid leave and teen pregnancy prevention. A sold-out luncheon will feature Wendy Davis, founder of Deeds Not Words and a former Texas state senator.

Given the group’s early sell-out of its advocacy day events, it’s probably not too early to secure tickets for the Women’s Fund 2017 Keyholder event on May 4, featuring Billie Jean King on Changing the Game. The former tennis pro is known both for her on-court Battle of the Sexes with Bobby Riggs and her off-court efforts to secure Title IX equality for girls’ sports.   

Women Giving Together, part of the Delaware County Foundation, has kicked off a Power of 100 campaign to secure $100 each from 100 donors to benefit Delaware County’s first domestic violence shelter by Turning Point.

Mind, body and brand are the focus of a Go Red for Women Fireside Chat on Feb. 15 with Debra Penzone of the Charles Penzone Salons and Habiba Bankston of Columbus Urban League Young Professionals. The annual Go Red for Women luncheon, raising money to fight heart disease and stroke, is Feb. 23.

Women for Economic and Leadership Development, more commonly known as WELD, is accepting nominations until noon Feb. 24 for its 2018 Women WELDing the Way Calendar. Each year WELD recognizes 12 women for their contributions to economic and leadership development of women in central Ohio. It’s always a stellar class, as demonstrated by these recent honorees.  

A woman of many accomplishments, Kathryn Sullivan, will talk about her multifaceted leadership as an astronaut, scientist, NOAA administrator and CEO of COSI at the Feb. 1 luncheon of the Columbus Metropolitan Club.