International Women’s Day – IWD
and political accomplishments they have made. This day was reportedly established in 1909 but it became mainstream worldwide following its adoption by the United Nations in 1977. The entire month of March is Women’s History Month. Wear your colors – purple for justice and dignity, green for hope, and white for purity. Just so you know, International Men’s Day is celebrated worldwide every November 19.
Gloria Steinem cleared up any misunderstandings about IWD: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
Doings for IWD:
- Share the domestic care chores at home.
- Call out sexism and harassment. The first time I heard the word “mansplaining,” I laughed but it really isn’t very funny. Mind your manners.
- It’s humankind, not mankind.
- The workplace and parental leave are not gender oriented.
- Vote – that is one way to keep our representation visible and viable.
- Support businesses and companies that support human rights for women.
- In our entertainment venue, men dominate. Support women authors, writers, directors, shop owners, restaurants . . . the list goes on.
- Model behavior for girls as they learn their worth. Praise girls for their intelligence, strength, leadership, athleticism. Beauty is only skin deep and subjective. Treat all bodies as equally valuable and deserving of celebration and call out body shaming.
- Man up. Boys don’t cry. Boys will be boys. Pull up your big-boy pants. What are we telling our men? Foster an environment where boys and men feel safe expressing their emotions.
- Self-care is selfless, not selfish. Take care of yourself today and every day. You matter!
Life Lesson: “Each time a woman stands up for herself,
without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”