March has been recognized as International Women’s Month for over a century now, celebrating women and highlighting advocacy to equity around the world. While the world has made much progress toward a more inclusive society, there’s still much work to be done to establish social and economic equity. Discover different ways to celebrate International Women’s month to make your March more impactful.
Center Book Club Around a Feminist Icon’s Work
Celebrate the feminists that have made great strides in the literary world by adopting one of their novels as your book club’s headliner this month. Reading and creating discussions around women’s issues and achievements from all over the world can offer a newfound understanding of common women experiences.
Incorporate men and individuals who identify beyond the gender binary into your book club to keep the rich conversations going. The more people involved, the more support there will be for feminist authors, and the greater number of perspectives will filter into the discussion.
Purchase From Women-Owned Businesses
When it comes to finding a new outfit, work supplies, or favorite restaurant, do some research. Contribute to equal economic empowerment by seeking out local, women-owned shops. When you purchase from small shops, you can feel confident about where your hard-earned cash is going.
Support local and women-owned stores and restaurants further by sharing recommendations with friends and family. Word-of-mouth marketing is a huge asset to shops looking to garner new customers and can be as simple as sharing a social media post.
Support Women’s Shelters
Women ages 18 to 34 are disproportionately affected by domestic violence. Women’s shelters and domestic violence shelters offer temporary residence for women seeking refuge from an abusive household. Often, these destinations provide resources for children, too, as many women arrive with their little ones.
Take some time during March to recognize the organizations that uplift women and children experiencing homelessness. There are plenty of unique ways to support women’s shelters that can drastically relieve charitable shelters of financial strain and a lack of commodities.
Host a Film Screening
One of the most powerful parts of film is its ability to get the audience to empathize with a different perspective than their own. Honor International Women’s Month by hosting a film screening (which can be virtual, if you’d like) with your friends or family.
Search for films directed, written, or produced by women and compile of list of movies to watch throughout the month of March. Consuming various films will offer a new lens on world issues.
Acknowledge the Influential Women in Your Life
One of the easiest different ways to celebrate International Women’s month is to recognize the impactful women around you! Express your gratitude for the influential women in your life by writing letters, sending emails, or gifting them something from your favorite women-owned business.