6 ways to get involved in International Women’s Day
So today, it’s been exactly 100 years since many women were able to vote for the first time EVER – pretty incredible, right? If you weren’t able to join the March 4 Women in London last Sunday, here are six fun ways you can support International Women’s Day (this Thursday, 8th March).
1. Attend an event this week
There are so many informative and entertaining events happening up and down the country for International Women’s Day, such as a #metoo poetry reading in London, a boogie in Liverpool, a cabaret in Newcastle, and an inspiring mentoring session at the Arnolfini in Bristol, which is aimed at women aged 16-25 looking to enter the arts and creative industries. Sounds fun, right? Check out the events happening in your city to get involved!
2. Support the cause and share the #PressforProgress hashtag
As the International Women’s Day website says, ‘Let's all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, so our collective action powers equality worldwide’. Yes! Let’s do this! By sharing the #PressForProgress hashtag, you’ll be promoting this year’s slogan, which calls upon us all to do more to achieve gender equality. We can do it if we all work together!
3. Subscribe to a podcast
There are so many hilarious and witty podcasts with a feminist twist that are perfect to listen to on International Women’s Day. Think sassy, strong, independent women discussing issues like spirituality, body positivity, relationships and so many more interesting topics. What’s not to like?
4. Read about the history of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a great excuse to commemorate the women’s rights movement, celebrate what we’ve already achieved, and to push for further progress. It’s a day that everyone can get involved in to support gender equality, which benefits us all! The history of IWD is fascinating, so when you’ve got a spare minute (between all your lectures and sleeping) make sure to give it a read.
5. Join the feminist society at your uni
Joining your feminist society is a great way to support the cause of gender equality on campus, and in the wider community. It’s also a great place to meet like-minded people, hear inspirational speakers and attend fun events. Go for it!
6. Watch an inspiring film
You could get a group of friends together to go and watch a screening of an IWD themed film or, if you’d prefer to watch some feminist goodness from the comfort of your own sofa (or bed), then why not check out some of the shows and films on Netflix. Iris is a particularly good pick – it’s a film about the famous 96-year-old textile queen and interior designer, Iris Apfel, who has worked at the White House under nine presidents. We could all learn something from her amazingly self-assured mantra: ‘I don’t have any rules, I dress the way I please and I do what I please and I do everything for my good.’
Iris, you're an inspiration to us all.