5 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

In my day to day experience, I am incredibly fortunate to work in a female-driven industry and have been surrounded throughout my life by powerful and strong women leaders. When I thought about writing a blog for International Women’s Day, I first wondered if women even needed a day anymore – we have come so far, and what would be the purpose of drawing attention to such a large group of people? We have the Barbie movie after all! But what my cynical brain missed for a moment was the importance and truth of the struggle that it took for us to get to where we are, those moments that make us recognize how far we have yet to go and those females in the world who face day after day of oppression because of their gender. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in 2024; we still recognize the women in sports who are not recognized for their achievements, we notice that women still make up a small percentage of leadership positions, we hear the countless stories of women being dismissed or not believed by our medical system, and we feel the fear of a woman walking alone at night. We need to open our eyes to see the women and girls who are fighting for their lives, their autonomy and their right to even exist in places across the globe. We need to celebrate the achievements of women because of the insurmountable barriers they climbed to reach that success, and we need to draw attention to the changing expectations that are put on women for the way they look, the way they behave and the space they take up in our world. 

If you too are wondering about why we celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to challenge you (and myself!) to spend some time in the following:

  1. How have women in your life had an impact on who you are? Can you name a woman you look up to in your life and tell them why you admire them?

  2. Who can you talk to today to start a conversation about the challenges women face in our world? Can you ask a woman about their experiences?

  3. Is there a cause that you can contribute to today to work toward equality for ALL women? This can look like giving financially, signing petitions or raising awareness about the cause.

  4. Spend some time researching successful women in the world today. Can you reach out to them to cheer them on?

  5. If you are a woman, how does this change how you show up in the world? Can you reflect on your experiences and notice what change would look like in your life?

If you need some more inspiration, check out InternationalWomen’sDay.com for information, toolkits, and to find events happening near you.

You can also find a long history of the mindyourmind team uplifting women and recognizing the strong female voices that have worked with us, worked for us and created us. Check out our previous blog on International Women’s Day for the influences women have had on the mindyourmind team.

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