13 Ideas for Celebrating International Women’s Day

by Michelle on March 8, 2016

I have a thought, an idea, for International Women’s Day:
Support at least one woman in your life today.
Sure, you probably do this on a daily basis, but maybe today you can stretch yourself to touch someone you haven’t touched in a while and give them some love, some hope, some faith, some gratitude, some help, and maybe even some inspiration.  If you can reach out to multiple women today, even better!
It seems so silly, but this idea came to me after, what I’m calling, my Sunshine Drunk-Dial.  This morning was the perfect pre-spring “Spring” day of sunshine and warm breeze and it made me feel a little high.  I swear, “high on sunshine” is a real thing!  And it is one of the purest and healthiest states of bliss you can consume.   I didn’t even have to sit in the sunshine – I enjoyed this anecdotal drug driving to and from errands – so I guess it was more of like a contact high.
Consequently, I was looking through my phone for someone in particular when I started scrolling through my list of contacts and noticed there sure were a lot of names of friends (most of them women) who I hadn’t reached out to in forever.  Granted, I had a long stretch of personal challenges which ended with the biggest blessing of a gift – my son – and I had been in a fog for what seemed like forever.  It’s normal to disappear for awhile when you have a lot going on, and it is par for the course to disappear when you have just had a baby.
But something inside me today told me to look through that list and just call a few of those women I admired for various reasons just to do a simple thing: to say hi and let them know I was thinking of them.
So what do you think?  Do you want to celebrate and support a woman in your life today?
Here are a few ideas how: 
  1. Call a friend and tell her you are thinking of her. Even better, tell her how much she means to you and that you are grateful for her.
  2. Purchase something from a fellow female business owner, whether she has a brick-and-mortar shop or at at-home/online business.
  3. Send her a referral who might have interest in her business or product.
  4. Tell your female leader or boss how much you appreciate her leadership and the opportunity to work with her.
  5. Praise a co-worker for doing something right.
  6. Look to your employees and give them some inspiring words.
  7. Share an opportunity with a friend who might be looking for change.
  8. Tell a fellow mom that she is doing a great job raising her kids and being there for her family.
  9. Donate to a charitable cause supporting women, whether it is someone you know personally or even on a grander scale.  Here is one that my company is sponsoring with a company match –> Stronger Together/buildOn.  {It’s a cause supporting women through education.}
  10. If she is the best candidate out there in your eyes, vote for a woman who is running in an election.  And then share with your community what you see in her so they might see in her what you see in her.
  11. If you have a daughter or a granddaughter, or a niece or a daughter of a friend, do or share something with her that lets her know that she can do or be anything that she wants to be with hard work, faith, and determination.
  12. Share a story of a phenomenal, history-making female with someone in a generation younger than you.
  13. Pay a fellow female a compliment.  Whether it is her shoes, her courage, or the way she loves on her children, I promise you, this will make her day!
Again, if you can, do more than one of the above and/or for more than one woman in your life.  Don’t just think of the ones who are most important to you either.  Think outside of the box and work to be a blessing to someone very unexpectedly.
Do you have any other ideas on how to support women today?  Please share below!  And feel free to share how you encouraged or helped a woman today.
“A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.  Likewise, she is never less.”  ~Vera Nezarian 
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” — Virginia Woolf

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