How to Celebrate International Women's Day This Year
March is Women's History Month, which means International Women's Day is right around the corner. On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, women around the world will celebrate female empowerment as part of this worldwide holiday. In years' past, we've celebrated the holiday by volunteering for causes that support women and attending events designed to empower young girls. If you're more comfortable celebrating at home this year, we have plenty of at-home ideas too!
If you've never celebrated the holiday before (or if you're in search of new ways to celebrate that don't involve leaving the house), we've put together a list of ways you can commemorate International Women's Day at home.
Read up on feminist icons, support a female-owned business, or text a girlfriend to let her know how much you appreciate her.
Learn About the History of the Holiday
If you've never celebrated International Women's Day before, take a few minutes to learn about the history of the holiday before diving into the festivities. What started as a small group of women fighting for voting rights led to an international holiday that's observed in more than 100 countries around the world.
Learn About Female Icons
Spend the day educating yourself about some of the most influential women in history. If you're not sure where to start, try reading about these 16 strong female figures who have shaped the world we live in today or learn more about the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her iconic collars.
Reach Out to a Friend
International Women's Day is all about empowering women, so what better way to celebrate than by lifting up the women you talk to every day. Send a text, email, or hand-written note to each of your close gal pals to let them know what you admire about them and how much you appreciate them.
Support a Female-Owned Business
We've all been doing a bit of extra online shopping during the pandemic. Whether you're in need of a new home decor piece or want to update your spring wardrobe, skip the big-name retail store and shop from a female-owned business this holiday. To help you get started, we've put together a list of our favorite women-run companies to support, as well as 9 Black female-owned Etsy shops to browse right now.
Donate to a Women's Organization
International Women's Day is a great time to help out organizations that focus on female empowerment year-round. If you're in a position to give, donating money online is a quick and easy way to make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. Here are a few of our favorite organizations to consider:
Read a Book by a Female Author
If you're looking for a way to keep your mind off the uncertainty of the continuing pandemic, pick up a new book by a female author. These are a few of our favorite books by Black female authors, and we recommend buying them from local female-owned bookstores if you're able.
Volunteer from Home
We learned during the pandemic that it's easy to volunteer from home, and there are plenty of ways to make a difference for women and girls in your community. Reach out to your local women's shelter and find out what supplies they're in need of, then arrange a no-contact delivery.
This year's International Women's Day theme is #BreakTheBias. It's all about gender equality, equity, and inclusion. To celebrate the theme and get involved, use the resources from the International Women's Day organization to learn about the inequalities women everywhere face, and share the hashtag on social media to inspire others to do the same.