6 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month
It’s the first day of Women’s History Month, which means it’s officially time to celebrate the women in your office and in your life! In this time we can recognize new opportunities to celebrate the women from 200 years ago that fought the good fight, and the women here and now that continue to do everything they can to ensure we all have the continued right to happiness and good health!
Below is a short history of Women’s History Month and what it stands for, plus 6 amazing ways to celebrate.
A Bite of History
As you may know, women have fought for centuries before us to gain equal rights for voting, reproductive rights, medical care, and more. I am a big fan of saying that in order to realize where we need to go, we need to look back on what’s already been done. Many don’t know the timeline of Women’s History Month, so let’s start there.
If you’d like more information on the battles that individual women have fought or specific battles that all women have fought, keep reading! We have several ideas and ways to increase your knowledge on this subject.
- 1909: First observance of Women’s Day in New York
- 1911: First International Women’s Day observed
- 1975: The United Nations recognizes and adopts International Women’s Day
- 1980: President Jimmy Carter formalizes the first National Women’s History Week
- 1987: Congress passes legislation to formalize the first Women’s History Month
Of course, this small list is only about Women’s History Month. It does not include the fight for equality in treatment or the biases that women still face today. Learning about these biases that some still have and the plights that still surround women today is extremely important in the road to helping all women around the world.
1. Celebrate Women on Social Media
One of the simplest ways to celebrate the women around you is to use your social media if you’re looking to spread awareness in your office, create a social media campaign that focuses on the women in your specific office.
- Interview the women in your office, and get their takes on their positions and the strides that women have taken for her to be able to get there in her industry. This could also inspire a blog post to share with your followers.
- Share articles/essays written by women that bring awareness to the world around you or your industry/audience.
- Share your favorite women-owned businesses on your Instagram stories! Let them take a highlight for the day and talk about how awesome their products are.
- Use your artistic talents to create some fun graphics to share. Whether it’s your favorite quote from the woman that inspires you most, or a fun list of ways to celebrate Women’s History Month— it’ll look amazing!
2. Write a thank you note (or buy a coffee) for an awesome woman that inspires you
This is a very simple idea to act on because all it takes is a nice walk to your favorite local coffee shop, a pen, and a small piece of paper. Or if you’re working from home, send them a gift card from Starbucks, set up a Zoom meeting, and discuss what about them inspires you.
You’d be surprised at how many people have fascinating backstories, or a past akin to your own. Finding camaraderie with the women that you look up to is a great way to grow for all of you, learn, and explore the paths in front of you to be the best version of yourself you can be.
3. Start a Book Club
Houseables hosts a book club meeting on a weekly basis. The discussions we’ve had together have been really interesting and have delved us into conversations that are about more than just our positions at work. Here’s an amazing list of books you could start today:
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
If you’re not comfortable in a book club setting, you can still read these amazing books by yourself and learn a great deal!
4. Listen to a Podcast
If you’re not much of a reader, (which is absolutely okay, not all of us are visual learners) than we still have a way for you to enjoy some of these books, and even more! Podcasting has become the new method of digesting hard-to-hear information with fantastic hosts and a quality of realness that, some may argue, much of media doesn’t contain these days. Our list of podcasts to listen to are:
- 2 Dope Queens
- Dear Joan and Jericah
- Side Hustle Pro
- Stuff Mom Never Told You
- Encyclopedia Womannica
- hey, girl.
- Life, I Swear
- On Being
5. Get Involved
Look into one of the awesome volunteer organizations below and pick one to be involved in or donate some money to, if you are able. Each of these programs works towards the betterment of girls and women all around the world.
- Girls Who Code
- Girls Who Write
- Girls Not Brides
- Dress for Success
- Global Fund for Women
- She Should Run
- National Organization for Women
6. Write Yourself a Love Note
Yes, you heard right. Celebrating this month is about more than celebrating other people who have come before us or will come after us- take a moment to celebrate everything that you have done to get where you are and where you will be! No one else is going to take those steps for you and no one else has taken those steps that you already have— appreciate those moments about yourself and write a love note to you, from you. I plan on buying myself flowers to spice up the occasion.