It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referencing that March marks a year since we all went into lockdown…no one needs to be reminded of that 😅. Instead, we should all be focusing on the return of Women’s History Month! This lovely month is dedicated to celebrating the progress that’s been made over the years in fighting for women’s equality. For example, can you believe just 100 years ago was when women won the right to vote 🤯?! Yeah, neither can we. That’s why this month is so crucial for us to take the time to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how much more progress still has to be made.
This Year’s Theme
International Women’s Day 2021 is less than a week away on Monday, March 8th. This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge…in essence, the idea is that from challenge comes change. We can each choose to challenge our own thoughts and actions, as well as hold other accountable for doing the same. We can also choose to celebrate women’s achievements and elevate their voices. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world if we choose to challenge!
What Can You Do?
- Honor the Her-story
It’s no question that our history is rich with incredible female change-makers. The problem is that our education likely glossed over many of them. This month, let yourself be inspired by some of the her-story (see what we did there? 😉) that you might not have been aware of! Watch a documentary about feminism on Netflix, listen to a podcast, follow IG accounts that serve some serious lady facts, and dare I say it…maybe even read a book that highlights some powerful women!
- Invest in Your Future
One of the best ways to pay homage to the women who paved the way for you is to make sure you’re in good standing to pay it forward to women who will follow in your footsteps. This doesn’t always have to be centered on financials, but let’s face it, money can bring opportunity. You owe it to yourself, and to the women before and after you, to get your finances in order! Were you confused when all the GameStop shenanigans were happening? Think investing is off limits to you? Get educated and get in there, girl! Two great resources to start with: Ellevest and The Financial Diet.
- Join Your Company’s Women’s Empowerment ERG…Or Start One!
There’s a lot of business jargon and acronyms out there these days, so we can’t blame you if ERG is one you’re unfamiliar with. ERG stands for employee resource group – basically a voluntary, employee-led group whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organization it serves. Besides it being nice to have a welcoming and safe space for women in every company, women’s empowerment ERG’s have been shown to boost the bottom line. So if you’re thinking of starting a women’s empowerment ERG within your own company, check out this article on how to build a value proposition around it!
- Let Apple Maps Guide You
Apple has a few initiatives for this Women’s History Month, but one of the coolest is that Apple Maps will have curated guides. Users can discover stunning statues of remarkable women, restaurants from Michelin-starred female chefs and rising stars from around the globe, must-visit businesses in Los Angeles, and street art by women artists in New York.
- Treat yourself
Whether that means being kinder to yourself when mistakes inevitably crop up or buying yourself the workout set you’ve been eyeing. Reclaim some of your time and well-being this month. Remember, you can’t fuel anyone else’s tank if you’re running on empty💕.
How are you celebrating Women’s History Month this year? Let us know by commenting below!
Cheers to female fortitude! 💪