Today is International Women’s Day! The theme of this year’s campaign is #BeBoldForChange which calls for challenging bias and inequality, campaigning against violence, forging women’s advancement, celebrating women’s achievements and championing women’s education. If you want to get involved and are looking for an event to attend you can find more info here. If you’re looking for ways you can actively participate in the #BeBoldForChange initiatives then click here.
Also happening on this incredible day is the #DayWithoutAWoman strike. The fantastic organizers of the historic Women’s March have made A Day Without A Woman their fourth call to action following the march and the ways you can get involved today include
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women and minority owned businesses)
- Wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
While taking the day off (paid or unpaid) is not feasible for many women, wearing red in solidarity and avoiding spending money today unless it is from women owned small businesses is also just as powerful in the fight for equality. I hope you take time today to reflect on the wonderful and inspiring women in your life. Call them, text them, hug them, tell them you love them, tell them you appreciate them, tell them you will stand by them.
Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known.
― Nellie L. McClung
Below are links to some of my favorite internet reads, podcast listens, charities, authors and small businesses all created, written and made by women. Sisterhood > everything.
- Article: The Women’s Strike and The Messy Space of Change (The New Yorker)
- Article: ‘A Day Without Women’ is a Strike for Privileged Protesters (LA Times)
- Article: 7 Women on Why They’re Not Staying Home on March 8 (Glamour)
- Book: Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen (Illustrated Nonfiction)
- Book: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (Essays)
- Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Fiction)
- Book: She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy (Poetry)
- Book: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace (Poetry)
- Book: All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Woman and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (Nonfiction)
- Book: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen (Nonfiction)
- Book: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Young Adult)
- Podcast: Call Your Girlfriend
- Podcast: 2 Dope Queens
- Shop: Daisy Natives (Hats, t-shirts, accessories)
- Shop: Little Arrow Studio (Pins, patches, keychains, jewelry)
- Shop: Oui Fresh (T-shirts, dresses, accessories)
- Shop: Otherwild (Clothing, accessories, home)
- Shop: French Girl Organics (Organic skincare and makeup)
- Shop: Dinosaur Stew (Graphic and web designs. Ashley designed our TGS website!)
- Shop: The Modern Knot Co (Macrame planters and wall hangings.)
- Donate: Center for Reproductive Rights (Helps protect women’s reproductive rights and access to health care.)
- Donate: Emily’s List (Helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to public office.)
- Donate: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Advocates for victims and works to change policy around domestic violence.)
- Donate: Planned Parenthood (Provides reproductive health care, sex education and information to women, men and children.)