We have a lot to thank women for. From moon landings to the magical world of Harry Potter, ladies have been behind some of the world's biggest moments. This year, we're sharing with you some of our favorite female leads. These ladies are shaping the world into a more vibrant, healthy, and joy-filled place. Jump in with us for some of the best ways to celebrate international women's day 2021 and some awesome gals who are upending expectations of what women can do.
1: Celebrate International Women's Day by Donating to A Charity
There are literally thousands of incredible charities supporting the unique needs and experiences of women. Here are just a few to get you started:
- Helen Keller International (HKI) (Health Care)
- Fistula Foundation (Health Care)
- Futures Without Violence (Social Services)
- National Women’s Law Center (Women’s Rights)
- Camfed (Education)
2: Support a Woman-Owned Business
Find a local business that's woman-owned and give it a little love! As a 50% women-owned Here are some of our favorites:
- Kola Goodies — "When Sajani came to America as an 18-year-old immigrant, adjusting to a new country, food, and culture were all scary yet exciting. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Sajani started her day with her Amma’s Kola Kanda: a warm drink lovingly and laboriously made with homemade coconut milk, gotu kola, curry leaf, rice, ginger, and cinnamon. While stateside, Sajani realized the rituals she took for granted as a child, and sometimes resented, were nutrient-dense superfoods. Nostalgia took her on a rediscovery journey, and Kola Goodies was born a line of ancient super goodies to fit into our modern lives."
- Threemain - "Passionate about healthy-living, Lauren was shocked to learn how under-regulated and unsafe many traditional cleaning products are. As a tech entrepreneur turned eco-advocate, she founded ThreeMain with three guiding principles in mind – simplicity, sustainability, and effectiveness. All aspects from their formulas to their packaging reflect those three main principles. ThreeMain empowers consumers to join the movement, and make the effortless switch to sustainable, non-toxic cleaning products."
- Modern Chrystal — "Are these dishes clean or dirty? If that sounds annoyingly familiar, you’ll be glad to know Chrystal. This solver of age-old problems developed a clever little but essential kitchen tool—a dishwasher magnet to be exact—that lets everyone know if the dishes are clean or dirty."
- The Arrivista Planner —"The Arrivista Planner, an all-encompassing planner that includes tips on fiscal responsibility, personal empowerment, spiritual well-being, and self-care. The Arrivista Planner is more than an organizer. It's a lifestyle architect."
- The Cookie Crave — "The cookie crave is a gourmet cookie company offering large, delicious nut-free cookies and vegan cookies."
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3: Read some game-changing books by Women
- The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller
- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
- The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
- More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), by Elaine Welteroth
4: Watch a movie about strong women
Who doesn't love a great movie? Celebrate International Women's Day with some popcorn, a comfy blanket, and a strong female lead! Here are a few of our favorite films that highlight some extraordinary ladies:
- Little Women
- A League of Their Own
- The First Wives Club
- The Joy Luck Club
- Wonder Woman
- Nine to Five
- The Color Purple
- The Piano
5: Get to Know Some Queens of STEM
There are a lot of ladies paving a new future in STEM. Here are just a few:
- Ana Roqué de Duprey — "Ana Roqué de Duprey was born in Puerto Rico in 1853. [...] Roqué had a passion for astronomy and education, founding several girls-only schools as well as the College of Mayagüez, which later became the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Roqué wrote the Botany of the Antilles, the most comprehensive study of flora in the Caribbean at the beginning of the 20th century, and was also instrumental in the fight for the Puerto Rican woman’s right to vote."
- Elizabeth Blackburn — "In 2009, Blackburn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Carol W. Greider (see below on this list) and Jack W. Szostak, for her discovery of telomerase, a member of the reverse transcriptase family of enzymes."
- Dr. Sunetra Gupta is truly something special. Gupta is innovating the way scientists approach epidemiological modeling. A professor at the University of Oxford, she's interested in infectious diseases and how they diversify over time. She's the winner of the 2009 Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award for her achievements in science.
- Ana Caraiani — "Caraiani has worked primarily on problems at the interface of the Langlands correspondence with arithmetic algebraic geometry. [...] Caraiani is due to take up a position as a von Neumann Fellow at the IAS."
Thanks for joining us for how to celebrate International Women's Day 2021! We hope it's given you a little bit of inspiration for how you can truly acknowledge and appreciate the women who've shaped your life. Looking for more ideas? Check out our other ideas for International Women's Day here.
To all you extraordinary women out there, here's to you! 💕