International Women's Day was first observed in New York City on February 28th, 1909. Since then women have gained many rights, and we invite you celebrate them this month! Here is a list of four things you can do now in honor of the women that fought for future ladies.
1. Register to vote
Practice your civic duty by registering to vote. Women weren’t granted the right to vote until 1920, don’t let this victory and milestone go unforgotten. Honor your ancestors this upcoming election as your voice is needed now, more than ever. Mail in your registration form or simply fill one out online, and inspire others to do the same.
2. Donate to Planned Parenthood
Make a one-time contribution to your local Planned Parenthood. Women’s health and rights are dependent on not only your vote but the funding of a non-profit organization our current administration is trying to end. Where it be five dollars or ten, every penny counts! From pregnancy prevention, sex education to parental care, these services are a necessity for people everywhere. Reproductive care matters, help continue to see it persevere.
3. Watch female-directed films
As we all know, Hollywood is a (white and heterosexual) boys club. Only 4% of women directors were apart of 2018’s highest grossing films and only one has ever won an Academy Award. Let's improve these number with your next visit to the box office with works from Ava DuVernay to Sofia Coppola. From documentaries to music videos, women directing everything is everything we could ever ask for!
4. Support a woman-owned business
Woman-owned businesses surround us everywhere where it be a restaurant or boutique. Partner with an inspiring entrepreneur, write a five-star review or promote your favorite woman-owned business on social media with encouraging hashtags and captions!
Article by Candy Mendoza