I don’t actually have much to say specifically this year for International Women’s Day, but here are some suggestions of easy things you can do to advance the rights of women.
- Arm yourself with information. Read a book about a group of women you’re not familiar with, or about a particular area of women’s rights, or read up on an activist organization working to advance the rights of women.
- Volunteer with a local organization. Planned Parenthood often does phonebanking or needs volunteers to serve as escorts. Women’s shelters are always looking for folks to serve food, clean up, or serve in more long-term capacities. If you have some extra time, consider a long-term volunteer gig or unpaid internship where you can develop skills and contribute simultaneously.
- Get creative with activism. Identify an a cause you can get behind at school, at your workplace, or in your community. Maybe it’s raising money to get clean birthing kits for refugees through the Marie Stopes Foundation. Maybe it’s lobbying for unisex bathrooms to support transgendered individuals at work or on campus. Maybe it’s distributing information about safe sex.
- Talk to your family. Speak up about women’s rights issues with your loved ones. If someone says something sexist and doesn’t know, call them on it. If you’re a parent, teach your children (male and female) about consent and sexuality. Defeating rape culture starts at home.