Five Ways to Engage on International Women’s Day
Recognize a mentor, take to social, or support woman-led projects
International Women’s Day (IWD) was officially deemed a national holiday by the United Nations in 1975. The day commemorates women’s social, political, and cultural achievements worldwide, while also highlighting the inequalities still experienced by many women. Although COVID-19 shifted how we observe this day of action, here are some ways you can celebrate from a distance while still making an impact.
1. Participate in the International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge campaign
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge.” As individuals, we must use our platform to advocate against the biases and inequalities seen in daily activities, workplaces, or schools. Use your social media channels to share a photo of you with your hand raised to show your commitment to challenge the world in its missteps. Then, follow up this sentiment by nominating your friends and family to share their own #ChooseToChallenge pledge.
2. Send a message of appreciation to your women peers, colleagues, or family members
Life moves fast, and sometimes we forget to stop and thank those who have helped us jump a hurdle, offered wise words, or picked up our slack. Take some time on IWD to write a message of gratitude to those women in your life. Emphasize the importance of the contributions they’ve made to your life while still actively working to accomplish their own personal goals.
3. Watch a movie with strong women leads
Movies with strong women leads often defy the stereotypes and prejudices society places on women. Need some inspiration on how to tap into your inner girl boss? Sit back and stream The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures, or even Wonder Woman.
4. Support a woman-owned small business
The pandemic has put a huge financial strain on many woman-owned businesses, especially those in the hospitality and retail field. So to show your support for these women’s entrepreneurial spirit, purchase clothing from their brands, eat at their establishments, or give a shout-out to their businesses on your social media.
5. Donate to a woman-centric charity or organization
International Women’s Day is a ideal time to help uplift women who aren’t in your immediate circle. Here are some organizations that have a positive impact on women in the community they serve:
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code works to educate girls about different opportunities in the tech industry, with the aim of eventually closing the gender gap.
Learn more about Girls Who Code here.
Women for Women International
Women for Women focuses on helping women living in countries severely affected by war and violence liberate themselves through various program offerings.
Learn more about Women for Women International here.
Care works to end poverty by eradicating inequality in women’s opportunities and advocating for equal rights for all women.
Learn more about Care here
Here’s to you, ladies. Enjoy your day!