To be honest this is the first year that International Women’s Day has come into my radar. In past years I would notice some events and token social media posts, but I had never taken the time to really understand what the story is behind this day of celebrating fellow women.
Here is an excerpt from the official International Women’s Day Website –
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
When I reflect on my life at the moment it is my fellow women who support me day in day out to be a better person, grow my business and offer a shoulder to cry on. Don’t get me wrong, I love the men in my life, but I want to acknowledge the women in my life and say Thank you! I feel that it is important that we take a moment in time to recognise the significant impact women have made and continue to make in this world.
International Women’s Day is the opportunity to –
- celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women
- declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world
This years theme is #BeBoldforChange
There are many ways we can be bold for change and through the International Women’s Day Website they have created some selfie cards you can print out or share on social media. The one that is most dear to my heart is –
WE WILL BE BOLD AND CELEBRATE WOMEN’S ACHIEVEMENTS
I believe that together as a gender we need to step up and cheer each other on more. Not step into our egos and compare ourselves to others, become jealous or even bitch about one another. We have to get better at this. I believe that when we celebrate others and be genuinely grateful for the achievements of others we end up achieving more. There is an abundance of success and wealth for each and everyone of us to achieve our highest dreams. When we join hands and work together, amazing things happen. I see this time and time again in many aspects of our lives and businesses. So it is my hope that on the 8th March, this International Women’s Day you will be bold and celebrate an achievement of a woman you admire, stand up and cheer them on so that they can do more good in this world.
Here are some of my favourite ways to celebrate the women in my life:
- Like and Comment on your friends and colleagues Social Media Posts. It is amazing how many people see your posts, but never comment. It takes a couple of seconds, but can really mean a lot to the recipient
- Have a coffee catch up and a meaningful conversation. So many of us are always on the go all the time and it is important to take the time to nurture a relationship if you want it to grow, this applies on a personal level and in business
- Send a text message or Facebook message just because to let someone know you are thinking of them and celebrate them on something that has happened recently
- Post a photo of you and someone on their Facebook Timeline celebrating them on a recent achievement or just because
- Celebrate someone in a Private Facebook Group or a Network you are part of or company private Facebook Group
- Give someone a phone call and let them know you are proud of them
- Buy someone a bunch of flowers to celebrate an achievement
- Send a Celebration card, personalise it with their photo on the front and let them know how proud you are of them.
I recently got a beautiful card from a dear friend of mine congratulating me on my recent promotion. She is very good at sending me these cards and they always touch my heart. This is another example of a card she sent me late last year.
To help you celebrate International Women’s Day this year I have a special gift for you. I have created three Social Media Post Images for you to download and use.
You can download the images here –
How do you celebrate the women in your life?