Today; Monday, March 8th is International Women’s Day! While this week isn’t going to be as interactive as the Women’s Day celebrations of the past, there are still many ways to celebrate and spread awareness virtually. March is also Women’s History Month, which gives you even more time to learn, share and celebrate! If you are unsure of how to do this, keep reading for 4 ideas!
- Support female-owned businesses
One of the most important ways of celebrating women is by supporting them, especially during a time that has been very trying for small business owners. There are so many amazing local businesses out there, so no matter what’s on your wish list, you should be able to find a female-owned business to support. Here are a few of my favourites:
– Inamullumani: Beautiful handmade jewelry by Oakville resident Luma Quasas Awad that helps support a variety of charitable causes from healthcare to ending sex trafficking.
– Stand Up Speak Up: Thoughtful apparel, wellness products and journals that all centre around advocacy for social justice and mental health issues. Created by Karla Tolstoy and her son Zach.
– Kelly’s Bake Shoppe: One of the cutest bake shops around! Based in Burlington, the shop was created by a mother and daughter duo and sells an amazing range of treats that are all plant-based, gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!
- Watch empowering female roles
Another way to support women, from the comfort of your home, is by watching empowering movies that feature women in lead roles or are directed by women! Whether you like documentaries, series, mysteries, dramas, or comedies, there is certain to be a female-powered feature film for your liking. You can check out the following titles, and more, on Netflix or Amazon!
– Taylor Swift: Miss Americana: Get a behind the scenes look at Taylor Swift, one of the most successful female musicians in history! This documentary offers a unique glimpse into her life and how she got where she is today, as well as her decision to speak more publicly about politics.
– Self Made: A story inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker, this limited series follows the journey of the first female self-made millionaire. Featuring female directors Kasi Lemmons and Demane Davis, and the amazing talent of Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish, the show is emotional and inspirational.
– The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel: Created by the same brain behind Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, this Amazon original is genius! It takes place in the 50s/60s and follows NYC housewife Miriam Maisel as she realizes her stand-up comedy career.
- Attend virtual events
As with many things over the last year, the halting of in-person activities has not meant the end of them altogether – many have simply moved online! If you are looking for an event to attend, look no further. Here are two we are hosting today and later this month!
– Trivia: We will be hosting our own jeopardy trivia night surrounding women’s history! Invite your friends and test your skills! The link to register is here.
– Panel Discussion: It’s important to talk about women’s history and rights and hear from empowering women, not only today but every day! Join us for a panel discussion with HC alumni from 5 schools! RSVP here: https://fb.me/e/DvFCkkDp
- Donate to women’s rights and equality causes
Looking for a more direct approach to help women in need and contribute to the fight for equality? There is nothing more selfless than donating to organizations that are making a difference locally and globally. Here are some causes to donate to and help celebrate women’s day and women’s history month.
– Period Purse: Help women get the hygienic products they need. The Period Purse strives to achieve menstrual equality by providing the marginalized with free products and reduce the stigma around menstruation through education and advocacy.
– Dress for Success: This organization helps give women a new start and helps empower them in their journey from unemployment to economic independence by collecting and providing professional clothing.
– Indigenous Women’s Fund of Canada: This fund is a newly created national charity aimed at advancing equality for Indigenous women in Canada through education, research, and empowerment to reduce poverty and gender inequity.
These are just a few ways you can help support women in Canada and around the world this International Women’s Day. It’s important to remember to do so throughout the year, not just during the month of March, but once you get started it is hard to stop because knowing you are making a difference in someone else’s life is inspiring in itself! Happy Women’s Day!