With more women standing up for themselves in 2017, this year's International Women's Day is much more than just a conversation amongst friends. After Trump was elected — despite his numerous horrendous acts and words against women — it was clear that March, which happens to be Women's History Month, would be more impactful than ever. What better way to do that than finding out how to support women around the world on International Women's Day — and acting on it?
As a woman of color, this year's International Women's Day means more to me than it has in previous year. Though I always try to show solidarity with my fellow sisters March 8, this year I feel that it's more important to speak up, step out, and find a way to support every woman out there.
In my opinion, there shouldn't be any reason why women aren't supporting one another on this day — and every day of the year. When women ban together, they are a force to be reckoned with. And International Women's Day is the perfect time to show that strength, perseverance, and tenacity.
So, if you're looking for a way to show your love and support to the women around the globe on March 8, here are a few things you can do.
1. Participate In A March
There are plenty of marches happening throughout the nation. Need to find one in your area? International Women's Strike USA has a list of marches and strikes on March 8 that you can join.
2. Wear Red
According to the Women's March site, women all over the world can show support and solidarity by wearing red. Why red? Because it signifies revolutionary love and sacrifice.
3. Boycott Companies That Are Known To Demonstrate Sexism
The Nation noted that you can show your support by boycotting companies that are known to demonstrate sexism. These companies can be identified by their advertisements, approach to workers, or those that have been cited to be run by misogynistic owners.
4. Encourage The Women You Know
Though this one may seem small, showing your love and care for the women you know, can be an awesome way to show your support on the day. An even better thought would be to connect with at least five women you don't know, and show your support through social media.
5. Support Small, Women-Owned Businesses
Though Women's March asks people to refrain from shopping in-store or online on March 8, it does mention that buying from women-owned business is OK, as it shows support.
6. Donate To A Cause
Alternatively, donating to a charity that supports women and girls could be a good option this International Women's Day, too. Not sure which one to give to? Charity Navigator has a great list of women's charities to choose from.
7. Educate Yourself
Ultimately, participating in International Women's Day means nothing if you don't know the why behind the action. As women, it's very important understand what having this day means more now than before. Educating yourself is the first step to initiating change.