Regardless of how you decide to celebrate, remember that International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate achievements of women in every field. So, here are our top suggestions to help you appreciate achievements, as well as inspire and encourage more to come.
1. Lend a hand
Sometimes all we need is a little help from a friend to get us back on our way. Sometimes that kind of help is financial, and for some women that help can be difficult to source. Luckily, there’s Kiva, which lets you lend as little as $25 to help women get back on their feet. Whether it is purchasing materials to continue producing products to sell, or the last stretch of funding required for a university education, there are plenty of women around the world who need help reaching their goals. If you can’t make up your mind on who to provide your microloan to, you can purchase credit as a gift card, send it to a friend, and let them decide. It’s a simple way to make a difference, and you could set the ball rolling to help change a woman’s life.
2. Host a movie night
In the wake of the Oscar awards, now is the perfect time to grab a bunch of friends and indulge in the work of the best and brightest women. A top pick (if you haven’t seen it already) is Mad Max: Fury Road, which was nominated for a slew of awards. In particular, the work of costume designer, Jenny Beavan, is incredible in building the world, where Charlize Theron easily emerges as the most powerful and memorable character.
If you haven’t satisfied your awards season itch, Best Actress winner Brie Larson stars in Room, which may not be the easiest to watch, but certainly speaks of her star power. If you’re looking for something more light-hearted, there’s no shame in pulling out Legally Blonde for the tenth time…
3. Refresh your wardrobe
This one might not seem like an obvious idea – but by culling your lesser worn clothes and buying new ones from Dear Gladys, you could help someone get a job. It helps that all the clothing at Dear Gladys is carefully curated, featuring a selection of both vintage and contemporary styles, and stock is constantly turning over. Your donated clothes are wanted too, and could go back into sale or be donated to help with a very special cause.
All of Dear Gladys’ profits help fund Fitted for Work, an organisation that helps women back into the workforce by providing them with an outfit and interview skills. By picking up a new dress to give you that extra bit of confidence, you could help someone else have the confidence to nail that interview. It’s a win/win situation for women!
4. Learn something new
Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in earning, and learning can take the back seat. International Women’s Day is all about personal growth, so take a little time to learn something new and have a look at some content created by fearless females.
Smart Girls at the Party is a website founded by comedienne Amy Poehler, who believes that women have the power to change the world, just by being themselves. The website is a space to share ideas and encourage women not be afraid – to care, be imaginative and, of course, be smart! This website is also friendly to younger readers, so it’s perfect to share with everyone.
Serial is not necessarily a podcast specifically about women, but it’s certainly a remarkable piece of investigative journalism by a woman. Telling a story week by week, Serial focuses on telling holistic stories fully taken from real events. It’s hosted and narrated by Sarah Koenig, who has been named on TIME magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People” last year, as well as winning an award for the series. Currently on its second season, it’s considered one of the most popular podcasts in the world for a reason.
5. Show your appreciation
There’s nothing like showing a bit of appreciation to the women in your own life, whether that’s your partner, family member or a colleague. Just a small token can be enough to brighten someone’s day and make them feel special. Writing a handwritten note to a female mentor or friend can be a way to show your admiration for their achievements, but why not give the card meaning too? Oxfam Unwrapped has a selection of cards that are not only lovely to receive, but could help provide safe refuge for women in violent situations. If you think you’d like to give something sweet, offering up chocolate from female-run Alter Eco might hit the spot. Delicious, environmentally responsible and focusing on fair trade, equality never tasted this sweet.
International Women’s Day is held on the 8th of March, this year’s theme is Pledge for Parity.