how to celebrate international women's day
It’s international women’s day and you’re probably wondering, how do I celebrate? It’s great and all, seriously, we love it so much but what do we do after the excited “Happy Women’s Day,” that we shout across the street. (Maybe not?) We usually just go about our day, and then when the next day comes we don’t really talk about #InternationalWomen’sDay until it rolls around the year after. Celebrating women’s day is just the stepping stone for the rest of the days to come. It’s kind of like the cherry on the cake, or the extra celebratory wahoo! You should not use this day as the one day to celebrate women. Today should be an extension of what you do for the rest of your life.
Let me tell you something, although it’s not a ‘one day’ thing, here are some things you can start doing today and take it with you for the rest of your life to support and celebrate women.
The most important thing to do is to support women led businesses and projects. The more you choose to go see a movie written or directed by a woman, the more movies there will be that are written/directed/starred by women. Remember that we get what we pay and demand for, and the more we put our money towards women and women led business/projects, the more women there will be in those fields.
Before we move any further, I would like to point out that when I say ‘women’ I mean ALL women. We cannot celebrate International Women’s Day, support and advocate for women if we are not intersectional towards all the different women there are in the world, whether muslim, black, white, jewish, hindu, aboriginal, queer, etc. Women are women and celebrating one means celebrating all.
That being said, try picking up good books written by women, there’s so many and I promise they’re just as awesome, if not better!
Female Authors, Journalists, and Poets To Look Out For
"Roxane Gay is an American writer, professor, editor, and commentator. She is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist (2014), as well as the short story collection Ayiti (2011), the novel An Untamed State (2014), the short story collection Difficult Women (2017), and the memoir Hunger (2017)." Roxane Gay is an amazing author who writes so much truth you'll find yourself second guessing your actions.
Reni Eddo-Lodge is a british journalist and author with a focus on feminism and exposing structural racism. Pick up her book "Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race." Reading pieces like these helps to create perspective, so pick it up, educate yourself and open up your mind!
Emily Blatta (IG: emilyblatta)
Emily Blatta is a photographer and writer breaking out, and you don't wanna miss out on her writing! Check out and support her collections of beautiful poetry at emilyblatta.com
Fashionistas To Keep An Eye Out For
Su'aad Hassan (IG: modern.sudania)
Su'aad is not afraid to say what she believes in and to stand up for what she believes in. You'll catch her wearing cultural clothes to represent on her instagram and it really breaks barriers between fashion and culture. She's super funny and stylish so give her a follow and support!
Meghan Myhal & BIREN BLOG (IG: birenblog)
Meghan is a Media and Communications student and part-time she writes for a blog that she and her friend Jonathan Cafarelli created, all about fashion, travel, and life! She's determined, funny, and her blog is pretty awesome! Check her out! biren-blog.com
Neelam Hakeem (IG:neelam_)
Neelam is a force to be reckoned with. She is extremely fashionable, but also check out her poetry/raps that are about social justice issues! "I feel that modest fashion has always been beautiful and an unstoppable force." Check her out and support!
Your Fave Female Activists
Isra Chaker (IG: israspeaks)
Isra is a social justice activist, and board member for the Women's march DC. Her fight never stops, but she loves what she does and she won't stop until justice is achieved.
"Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. She first drew national attention after a speech she gave at a rally against gun violence went viral." Here's why girls like Emma are important; they're creating change and in doing so they insight inspiration from other girls and women to do the same.
Badass Female Owned/Led Businesses You Need To Know
Salima Skin Solutions (IG: salimaskinsolutions)
Owned by Salima, this skincare brand targets acne, scars, dry, hyper-pigmented, and aging skin. It's natural, cruelty free and vegan! What are you waiting for? salimaskinsolutions.com
HoneyyBee Events (IG: honeyybeeevents, FB: honeyybeeevents)
HoneyyBee Events is run by Hanan Saeed who makes your party dreams come true! She works hard to cater to her clients needs and wants, hit her up! email@example.com
Sudduf (IG: salamsudduf)
Sudduf is a business consultant who has been featured on Nourka's Girlboss Spotlight! She works with you to make your to build/jumpstart your business. Don't miss out on her upcoming #RamadanMarket. Catch her posts about business, life, and being a mom to triplets up on her blog salamsudduf.com
Our Fitness Fave
Zehra Allibhai (IG: zallibhai)
Certified Fitness instructor, foodie, and the most active person you'll ever meet, check out Zehra's blog thefitnest.ca for all things fitness and health!
This International Women's Day, start supporting the women around you, and then take it with you for the rest of the year. Remember, you get what you pay and demand for, so demand for more women.
Let us know what you think! How are you celebrating #InternationalWomen'sDay?