8 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day
Justice, equality, hope, and dignity. These are just a few of the values behind International Women’s Day. The holiday which was initiated in 1911 has now grown to become a powerful platform where the economic, cultural, social and political achievements of women can be celebrated. So how does one observe such a compelling holiday? Here are a few ideas.
Attend an official event – March! Women’s marches have increasingly gained popularity over the years. This is a befitting way to celebrate as it is one of the many things the original women’s suffragettes did. Various marches are held for issues such as ending gender violence, equal pay in the workplace, labor rights, etc. Find a topic which speaks to you and joins in. There are many other official events held too such as conferences, fun runs, exhibitions, festivals, and more.
Reach out to the women in your life – Mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, friends. I’m sure the list of women in your life is quite lengthy and it would be unrealistic to reach out to all of them. Focus on the important ones and show them the love, support, and respect which you have for them. This is a perfect day to write a letter, have a meaningful conversation, or take them out to dinner.
Donate – Find an organization in your area which focuses on women’s issues. Women’s shelter, a group which helps women find jobs or a group which helps women attain education. There are many such organizations which could use your donation to achieve their end goals.
Volunteer – Your time is one of the most precious things to give to someone. This ties into the previously mentioned act of donating, but now it is not monetary. Any such organizations can always use a helping hand, or two. And in the process, you would be educating yourself on the issues and struggles at hand as well.
Support professional women – Spotlight women authors, filmmakers, artists and other professionals. Read their books, watch their movies, purchase their work. These seemingly small actions can accumulate into massive support for the women in the industries. It may even expand your own views and introduce you to new perspectives.
Have a celebration at work/school – Make it a personal celebration by focusing on the women who are around you daily in the workplace. Profile the high achieving women at work, ask a woman speaker to give a presentation, hold a seminar with keynote addresses by women in your industry.
Visit a memorial or museum – This is a more educational celebration. Find a memorial or museum that is significant to the Suffragette Movement, the event which started it all. There are symbolic landmarks, memorials, and museums one can visit.
Go global – This is an accumulation of all the previously mentioned points but on another level. Step it up a notch by taking it on with an international perspective. Learn about women’s issues around the globe, how you can help, and what you can do. Learn about achievements or women in world history who have been overlooked.