Today is International Women’s Day. Never has it felt more poignant than it has this year in the wake of #timesup and #metoo. Thanks to the rise of social media, we are more woke than ever and I for one and so down for that. This year’s theme is #pressforprogress to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
20 things you can do to champion women on International Women’s Day
- Can you push for more representation somewhere? I’m on a board and have sent an email to raise the lack of diversity and how we can improve on that. Look around the organisations you work in or support and ask, are these diverse or are they part of the problem. If it’s the latter, challenge it.
- Can you lead a project at work to increase representation? Mentor a woman more junior to you? Ask a woman more senior to mentor you? I’ve proposed a project at work to support women who have been on a career break back into the workplace at the level they left it at.
- Does your workplace have a suggestions box/scheme? Fill it with suggestions that will make things better for women.
- Buy products from women’s businesses
- Wear your favourite feminist merch – sweaters, pins, totes etc
- Share your favourite female businesses on social media
- Give a gift to a woman/women who inspire you
- Donate to a women’s charity, I’ll be donating to Women for Women International
- Give as many compliments to other women as possible
- Carry out random acts of kindness to women
- Write down ten things you love about yourself
- Then write down ten things you love about your body
- Write down 20 women who inspire you, then go tell them
- Challenge someone at work or in your life who is sexist. It could be that guy who always makes the pathetic sexist jokes, or a friend who doesn’t realise how much internalised sexism she has. Use the day as an excuse to mention it.
- He’ll totally speak your mind for the day, be entirely unapologetic
- Arrange a catch up with your girlfriends
- Read a feminist book
- Watch your favourite female show
- Pop to your local food bank and donate some menstrual products for women facing period poverty (then write to your MP and tell them why the tampon tax is fucking bullshit)
- Follow a bunch of feminist accounts on social media and support the work they do on behalf of us all
I challenge you to do one of these today (or something else). Let me know what you do in the comments.
Notes: Solidarité Feminine T-shirt in featured image was purchased from Mutha.hood . Eliminate Girl Hate T-shirts were purchased from Bloody Nora Pam. Tiny Feminist T-shirt was purchased from Punky Moms UK.