March is Women’s History Month! It goes without saying that the immeasurable impact women have made on history, culture, and society should be recognized every month. However, until that day comes, we’ve put together 15 ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month. By learning more about the past and uplifting the women around us, we can truly make a difference.
1. Shop at Women-Owned Businesses.
March is a perfect time to show your solidarity with female entrepreneurs and service providers by supporting them with your wallet. For instance, find a women-owned business in your community here: https://www.supportyourladies.com.
2. Mentor a Young Woman and Share Your Experience and Expertise.
There are many ways you can become a mentor for other women, from making yourself available to a new colleague with questions to taking a neighbor or family member under your wing. Also, there are tons of local and national programs where you can become a mentor for women and girls. Start by checking out your local chapter of Girls Inc., Big Brother Big Sister, YWCA, or even your local school district.
3. Read Books to Inspire and Inform You in Support of Women’s History Month.
Dive into a book to learn more about the women who made history or read one written by a female author. Books can not only inspire us but can also help us experience the past and understand the present. Click here for book recommendations about and by extraordinary women or inquire at your local library or book store. On our booklist, this Women’s History Month is: Becoming by Michelle Obama, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi, Cicely Tyson: Just as I am, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
4. Honor Women’s History Month by Saying Thank You More Often.
Write a gratitude letter to a woman who inspires you. Think about all of the mentors you have had. Acknowledge the powerful women who have lifted you up when you needed it most. Saying thank you can have a powerful impact, so this month, take the time to acknowledge the incredible women in your life.
5. Support a Women’s Non-profit.
Give back to women near you who need it the most. For instance, spend some time volunteering at a local women’s shelter, women’s health organization, or food pantry supporting local families.
6. Give Compliments Freely and Often.
If you admire a woman in the grocery store who manages to wrangle three kids without losing her cool…tell her! Every morning when you feel grateful for the barista who takes your complicated coffee order each morning with a big smile… tell her so!
Too often, we think about these things but don’t express them. Therefore, when we admire something about another woman in our lives—we should tell them. Most importantly, a kind word or simple compliment has the power to shift the entire tone of someone’s day.
7. Tune In to Celebrate and Honor Women’s History Month.
8. Listen to an Inspiring Podcast.
Sometimes finding time to open a book can be difficult, so listening to a podcast can be a great alternative to learn about all of the inspirational women out there. For instance, “The History Chicks” podcast gives you the inside scoop on noteworthy women from history. Also, “Stuff Mom Never Told You” combines research about the challenges women have faced with strategic solutions to improve women’s lives. Finally, NPR’s “The Well Woman Show” contains interviews with women leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs who are attempting to do something innovative to make a difference in others’ lives. Above all, these podcasts are a fun way to learn something new and celebrate Women’s History Month in the meantime.
9. Take a Break.
Take your favorite ladies out to lunch and celebrate each other and all that you do!
10. Clean Out Your Closets.
Take some time to clean out your closet and donate gently used clothes to women who need them. Listed below are several organizations that offer a place for you to drop off used clothes.
Firstly, Dress for Success is an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire to help women thrive in work and life.
Secondly, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits accepts interview clothes, suits, and professional clothes.
Finally, Soles4Souls has partnered with Zappos to collect all kinds of new or gently loved shoes and clothing. Box up your shoes and print out a prepaid shipping label to send your donation to those in need around the globe.
11. Treat Yourself.
Buy some Girl Scout cookies and support the biggest small business training program for girls.
12. Participate in Political Advocacy.
Even though women’s rights have come a long way, there is still plenty of work to do to level the playing field. Therefore, becoming a political advocate is the perfect way to help women and girls have the opportunity to succeed. For instance, pick a topic of concern and call or write your representatives to voice your concern.
13. Watch TED Talks for Women.
TED is such an incredible learning resource and has a whole curated list of videos about and by women.
14. Lend a Helping Hand in Support of Women’s History Month.
When you see a mom struggling to haul her stroller down the stairs or an older woman who can’t quite reach something in the supermarket, stop what you’re doing and help, in other words, look for small ways to support women in your community through everyday acts of kindness.
15. And regardless of the Month, Always Strive to Lift the Women Around You.
Above all, we are stronger when we work together.