In 1987, the US Congress declared that every March is National Women’s History Month. This year the theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”.
In addition, March 8th is International Women’s Day.
I started celebrating this day when I worked for Avon Products, the oldest beauty company in the US and the largest corporate donor to women’s causes. Avon is “the company for women.” Every associate truly believed we were helping women feed their families. In fact, at Avon, we always said we weren’t just making lipstick, we were providing women economic freedom.
This year, March 8th has taken on heightened meaning. As a follow on to the Women’s March on Washington, the organizers are announcing March 8th as “A Day Without A Woman” and calling for women across the world to go on strike. I won’t be striking that day but I will be wearing red. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens around the world.
There are so many ways to show your support for women empowerment and gender equality. Actually, it can be a bit overwhelming. You can march, go on a strike, or like me, select a few simple ways to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Here are the three ways I am showing my support and celebrating Women’s History Month.
1. I’m learning more about the history of the women’s movement.
I really haven’t studied the women’s movement in history so I am going to take time in March to do this. My daughter just attended a talk by Ellen Chesler and was impressed by her. Ellen wrote a critically acclaimed book about Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement in America. She has done extensive research in women’s rights and just co-authored Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world which details stories of those fighting for women’s rights around the world, including the history of the “Women’s Rights as Human Rights” movement.
I’m starting with this book in March and then see where that leads me. If any of you have suggestions for additional books, websites, or documentaries, please send in comments below.
2. I’m giving my granddaughter a book to inspire her.
My almost 4 year old granddaughter likes to do art projects, have dance parties, and build things with her dad. I looked for books that would be about a famous artist, dancer, or builder but I haven’t found anything that was quite right for her age. However, I did find Rosie Revere, Engineer about a quiet girl by day and an inventor by night! Another book I found was I am Amelia Earhart which I think she’ll enjoy.
I’m seeing her next week and will spend most of the month with her. I’m taking the books and perhaps we can find something additional to celebrate women in history and inspires her to follow her dreams!
3. I’m learning more about the great women who have been influential in the fashion world.
I am very excited about this – why not take women’s history month to learn more about women designers and style icons? Each week during March, I’ll learn more about a woman who has been influential in shaping the fashion world and feature her in a blog. Should be fun! Send me ideas of anyone you want me to write about. Of course I have to start with my favorite designer.
I hope I have inspired you to take a moment and celebrate great women in history this month. Please let me know what you are doing – I would love to have more ideas!
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