Happy International Women's Day, Fam!
As many of you know, a large number of people here in the US are calling for A Day Without A Woman
strike, where women and our allies take the day off of work - be it paid or unpaid - to raise awareness of gender inequalities by highlighting the vast ways in which women are essential to our communities and society's well-being overall.
Personally, I've chosen to continue through my day with intention - and yes, go to work. One of the part-time jobs I do as a nanny in order to enable me the freedom to explore my passions through Radical Hearts doesn't feel like something I can skip for the day. As I currently work Wednesday through Friday, my hours are already limited. I need to earn the money (for real, for real) and I also do not want to underestimate the peace of mind I give the parents by making sure their children are safe and cared for while they are out hustling for their own security.
With that said, I am quite intrigued by the call for the strike, I am eager to stand in solidarity with others and I will be closely watching what unfolds today! I'd love to hear if any of you have chosen to participate in the strike - or not - and why!
I may not be striking today - but I am celebrating our womanhood in other ways today, here are just a few that we can do together:
1. Wear Red.
Organizers are utilizing red to signify love and sacrifice; wear red today to show solidarity with the strike and growing movement.
2. Attend an Event and/or Rally.
There are countless events happening across the world today in honor of International Women's Day
. While the official international theme for today is #BeBoldforChange
, the main focus here in the US is on the strike.
Check out this helpful (but by no means comprehensive) list of events across the US to see what actions associated with the Women's Strike US are happening in your area today.
There are also plenty more community events happening too, so be bold and reach out in your own networks to find other local events to attend! For instance, there is a benefit concert tonight
here in Philadelphia at the Underground Arts that will be fundraising for the Crossroads Women's Center
3. Intentional Spending.
In our capitalist society, our dollar is power. Don't shop today - or if you do, think long and hard about where you are spending your money. Perhaps now is the time to check out that new food co-op in town instead of your regular grocery store. Skip the chain stores and see what local woman-owned and/or minority-owned shops are in town.
Or hey- get a new gift for you or a friend with me at Radical Hearts Print Lab!
4. Learn Our History.
Yes, this is quite vague and can be done in a variety of ways. But overall, it's important to understand where we have been collectively in order to honor the past struggles as we build upon the progress already made to move forward. Here's a brief article about the history of International Women's Day that also features a beautiful interview with Kavita Ramdas, the former president and CEO of the Global Fund For Women, on Democracy Now.
On my commute to work a bit later, I will be listening to the archived episode "The Secret History of International Women's Day" from the podcast Stuff Your Mom Never Told You. The link has a handful of more resources to check out for information if you're still curious!
What are your favorite resources? Feel free to share with me your favorite resources, I'm always open to learning more!
5. Start Conversations.
I'm sure you already do this - because you are a badass radical heart or else you wouldn't be here - but today is a wonderful time to engage in discussion about issues related to gender inequality and how promoting women's rights intersects with all the other co-current fights for environment, labor & economic, racial, sexual & reproductive justice.
6. Support worthy organizations.
I'm all about the buzz and enthusiasm around large national organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are receiving right now, but I also am a big believer in championing the grassroots organizations doing meaningful work on the ground often on a hyperlocal level with very little resources. Today consider donating money to a local organization to support their fundraising efforts that will have an immediate affect on you and your neighbors.
If you don't currently have funds to share, connect with an organization that could use your help as a volunteer!
7. Breath and Take Care of Yourself.
Amidst all the turmoil and opinions about what we should and should not do, I often find myself lost in the shuffle. One way that I plan on celebrating women today is by creating space and time for myself. Remember:
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgent, it is an act of self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
Until next time... One love,
Photo of Women's Strike for Peace and Equality in 1970 in New York City by Eugene Gordon (Source)