Five Ways to Engage on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

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. Here are some ways you can celebrate and make an impact.

1. Participate in International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias campaign

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Break the bias.” 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 hands raised in an “X” formation 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 #BreakTheBias pledge.

2. Send a message of appreciation to your women peers, colleagues, or family members

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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

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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

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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

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International Women’s Day is an 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!

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Five Ways to Engage on International Women’s Day

  • Jada Warmington (Questrom’23)

    Jada Warmington (Questrom’23) is a social media intern with BU Public Relations. She can be reached at Profile

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  1. Dear Jada,

    It’s 2022! It’s deeply disappointing to see only pink, flowers, heart and perpetuating gender stereotype with such movie – to commemorate this special day. It comes ONCE a year…what a missed opportunity to dismiss the powerful change today’s girls and women around the world are creating. From national security to foreign policy, from fighting terrorism, the pandemic, and even what’s happening in Ukraine – they are at the frontlines speaking truth to power and taking action for powerful change.

    There are abundant experts on this in our BU community. Please check with one of us before you write another story on women and girls.

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