If you’ve been paying any attention you know/if you haven’t been paying attention, but have noticed an exorbitant amount of people wearing red, today is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Meaning it’s time to celebrate every fearless female out there.
But it is also a day that marks a call to action, a day to rally and a day to step up our world’s gender equality game. The first International Women’s Day was recognized in 1911, and yet a women across the globe continue to receive lower wages and are not present in equal numbers in business or politics. Figures also show that globally, women have less access to education or health care and experience greater vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, job insecurity and violence.
And whether you consider yourself a feminist or cringe at the word, I think we can all agree that something just ain’t right with that picture. So here are some things you can do to show your support:
- Wear red — This one’s easy. Now I don’t wear read often, but you better believe I’ll be wearing red today as a symbol of solidarity.
- Get on the phone — Call your representative (you can find their number here). Make sure they know women’s rights are important to you and that they should be fighting for them.
- Donate — Support causes that are making a positive difference in women’s lives. There are a plethora out there, find one that’s important to you and contribute.
- Strike — If you are able to, stay home. One huge objective of A Day Without a Woman is to show the crucial role women play in the global and domestic economy — we can do that by showing how important they are to the workforce. There are also marches across the country that if you aren’t going to work, you might as well swing by.
- Make no purchases — Don’t spend, and if you must, buy from women’s owned business. See above — we want to show how much of an impact females have on the global economy and women make the majority of purchases in the U.S. So remind businesses just how much economic power you have.
- Spread awareness – Check out International Women’s Day or the A Day Without a Woman page and talk to friends, family and colleagues. Ask them what they’re doing to help drive gender equality. Tweet about it; start a discussion on LinkedIn; change your profile picture on Instagram or Facebook. Whatever you do, start that conversation, get the word out. Why is today important and what can people do to show their support.