It’s not just the start of spring we’re celebrating in March—the 8th of the month marks International Women’s Day, so get out your party hats (and martini glasses).
The holiday has political roots, having gotten its start as a Socialist event, but its focus has expanded since the first International Women’s Day in 1909. Today, it’s a day to take note of women’s economic, social, and political achievements, as well as a day for us to celebrate the special women in our lives with flowers and small gifts. And all without chalky candy hearts—not bad, huh?
There are plenty of other ways you can mark the special day in your life. Why not…
- Send cards to the favorite ladies in your life—whether it’s your mom, significant other, best friend, or an old mentor you’ve been meaning to reach out to. Who doesn’t love getting an unexpected card in the mail? Click here for Women’s Day ecards.
- Invest in the future of women. Donate to or get involved with an organization that supports and inspires the younger generation of women—like She’s the First, a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world, helping them be the first in their families to graduate.
- Donate to your favorite women’s cause or charity. Mark March 8th on your calendar every year and give if you can afford it. Or donate your talents instead. Sign up to volunteer, whether you’re designing pamphlets or helping organize events.
- Promote women. Last month, GOOD asked their readers to use their networks to help solve the gender gap in their industries. The request: pick three up-and-coming women you know and who deserve more notice, and three powerful people in the positing to hire, publish, or mentor them—and send three emails connecting the up-and-comers to the power players. Keep it going: make it a point to send those three emails on March 8th.
- Connect in person. What better excuse to get together with some of your nearest and dearest than a day all about celebrating women? Get your favorite women together at a bar or cafe, and ask each of them to bring a friend—it’s a great way to expand your network and social circle, and to meet some amazing women.
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