International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. It also falls in line with March being Women’s History Month.
How to support women on International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a great time to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity, and fundraise for female-focused charities. Here are a few ways to support the women’s movement on International Women’s Day.
Brush up on your history
Take a minute to catch up on some of women’s achievements throughout time. International Women’s Day became official in 1911. This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, which was ratified on Aug. 20, 1920. A few other achievements:
- On Dec. 1, 1955, seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in Montgomery, AL. This move helped launch the civil rights movement.
- On Sept. 20, 1973, tennis star Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a “Battle of the Sexes” match that aired on primetime TV and drew 90 million viewers.
- On July 7, 1981, Sandra Day O’Conner was sworn in as the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She retired in 2006.
- On Jan. 4, 2007, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker of the House of Representatives. She is the first lawmaker to hold the office two times in more than 50 years.
- On Jan. 20, 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman and first woman of African or Asian descent to hold that office.
Consider choosing books with women trailblazers to read to your little ones, too.
Donate to a women’s charity
You can help forge women's equality by donating to a registered charity or nonprofit that works for the advancement of women and girls. By donating, you’re challenging inequality and supporting the charity’s impactful work. There are many commendable groups worldwide.
Here are a few reputable favorites. You could also consider donating to women politicians running for office at the local, state or federal level.
Support female business owners
Search for women-owned businesses in your area, and choose to support them over big-box options. Shopping local keeps your money local and it keeps their lights on and their dreams alive.
Send a thank you
Celebrate the women in your life by sending them a gift to thank them for all the ways they’ve supported you and the paths they’ve paved over the years. Plants make a great addition to any office or living room. Consider orchids to add a splash of color. Money trees are thought to bring luck and prosperity to their owners. Anthuriums bloom for months and add that extra girl-power punch you’re going for.
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