Empowering Women, Empowering the World: Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th each year, is a global event that recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Embrace Equity.” The theme encourages individuals to think about why equal opportunities are not enough. Women around the world continue to face discrimination and inequality in various forms, including access to education, healthcare, employment opportunities, and political representation. To truly embrace equity, we should consider our own influence and how our daily actions can aid in creating a more equitable future.

So, what are some ways we can ALL work towards creating a more equitable future?

  1. Educate Yourself: Learn about the issues of inequality and injustice and how they impact different communities. Reading books, watching documentaries, and attending workshops are some ways to gain knowledge about these issues. A recent book we highlighted was Killing The Black Body by Dorothy Roberts which talks all about race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty. The sky is the limit! Choose a topic that interests you that also pertains to equality and feel the difference in how you show up daily.
  2. Speak Out: Use your voice to speak out against inequality and injustice. This can involve advocating for policies that promote equity, challenging discriminatory behavior, and engaging in conversations that promote understanding and respect. (We do all the time, 😉)
  3. Support Marginalized Communities: Show your support for marginalized communities by attending events, supporting local businesses owned by marginalized groups, and participating in community initiatives that aim to create a more inclusive and equitable society. (You can also join our virtual town halls where we hear from activists/scholars in the field!)
  4. Volunteer and Donate: Volunteering and donating to organizations that work towards promoting equity can have a significant impact on the community. This can include supporting organizations that provide education, healthcare, and other services to marginalized communities, especially at the local level. (Yes, of course we’d love you to donate to our work, too, but no pressure 😉).
  5. Foster Inclusion: Work towards creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. This can involve challenging stereotypes, promoting diversity, and creating spaces where people feel safe to express their identities and perspectives. This doesn’t have to be in a “mean” way and moreover, it can be done casually and you can start by challenging your inner circle if inequity or stereotypes pop up in conversation.
  6. Hold Yourself Accountable: Reflect on your own behavior and beliefs and hold yourself accountable for any actions that may contribute to inequality or injustice. This can involve examining your own biases, seeking feedback from others, and being open to learning and growing.
  7. Vote and Engage in Politics: Participate in the democratic process by voting, engaging in local politics, and advocating for policies that promote equity and justice. (Stick with us and we will always keep you up to date on the latest fight we’re up against!)
Equal Rights Amendment and SJ Res 4, the first hearing on the ERA since the 1980s
The ERA Coalition team at the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment.
📸: Stephen Barrett for the ERA Coalition

This International Women’s Day, it is essential to recognize the contributions and leadership of women and commit to working towards a more equitable and inclusive world. This can be done by advocating for policies that promote gender equality, supporting women-owned businesses, and challenging gender biases and stereotypes in our daily lives.

In conclusion, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the progress made in the fight for women’s rights, while also recognizing the ongoing struggle for gender equality. This year’s theme of “Embrace Equity” reminds us of the importance of calling out gender bias and inequality, challenging stereotypes, and working towards a more inclusive world for all. We grow together by starting with ourselves first.

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