On March 8, International Women's Day, many women and some men & children will gather in various places to listen to speakers, maybe march or eat a nice meal. They will don IWD buttons or t-shirts. And then, the chances are pretty good that what was heard and learned will blend into the demands of everyday life or just be forgotten.
Days such as March 8 are definitely important, so please do support you local event(s). To prepare for that day, here are some suggestions for things you can do beforehand:
- Take 15 minutes a day until the 8th to explore a website on women's issues. I posted four yesterday (click here), but there are probably thousands.
- For five minutes really give some thought to one woman you know and imagine what she might have dealt with in her life simply because she is female.
- Now imagine a woman living on another continent than yours. What do you know or what can you imagine about her struggles and triumphs simply because she is female?
- List five women living near you, even if you don't know their names. Make a point of doing something kind for each one -- a smile, a small gift, a visit.
- Look in the Yellow Pages. Count the number of women lawyers and the number of men lawyers (or any typically male occupation).
- Go to the library or look at your own children's books. Count how many books have a main character who is female and how many have one who is male.
- Pick up any general interest magazine. Count how many people in the ads and story photos are male and how many are female.
We're all on this planet together. I urge you to find ways to even things up for everybody.