Back in January, we were inspired by women the world over who came together for a cause when they marched for women’s rights. Today, we’re uniting in the name of women everywhere once more on International Women’s Day for another joint movement: A Day Without Women.
Aiming to show society what the world would be like without women in it and ultimately, their value, women’s march organizers have encouraged women to take the day off, avoid shopping, or wear red as a show of solidarity. But there’s still plenty of other ways you can join in: Read on to find out how!
1. Hit up an International Women’s Day event post-work. From speaking events to fundraising dinners, there are events happening all over the country today meant to better women’s lives: All you have to do is head over to the International Women’s Day website to see what’s available near you and show up!
2. Support women-centric businesses. Whether you choose to dine out at a restaurant run by a totally boss babe or hit up a female stand-up comic’s show, make whatever it is you do today an ode to our gender by putting your hard-earned dollars in the pockets of ladies pursuing both personal and professional endeavors.
3. Make your voice heard on issues that matter to you most. Take some time out from your day to write your legislator about the things affecting you most as a woman in your day-to-day life, whether it’s how to ensure your child is receiving the best education or how you can continue to afford health care if funding should fall through due to legislative changes. You don’t even have to do all the work: There’s an app called MyLetter that will practically write your letter for you!
4. Donate to organizations that work to support women. Make like Urban Decay, who is shelling out 100 percent of the proceeds for its new eyeshadow primer shade to women’s groups, and give what you can to sites such as the National Organization for Women and Step Up Women’s Network: There’s a whole slew to choose from!
5. Get involved with the Women’s Chamber of Congress. Vested in strengthening the economy by helping women reach their business and career goals, you can join for free to start receiving updates on everything from its events to progress being made, with other tiers of more membership available for $35-395.
6. Run for office. Ever heard the saying, “If you don’t like something, do it yourself?” Well, why shouldn’t it apply to politics, as well? Make like Myya D. Jones, the 22-year-old running for Mayor of Detroit, and throw your hat in the ring. No training? No problem! Organizations such as EMILY’s List will arm you with all the tools you need to embark on a career in politics. What are you waiting for?
How are you planning to participate? Share with us @BritandCo.
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