5 Brilliant Ideas to Celebrate International Women's Day at Home
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Think of the women in your life in your family. International Women’s Day is a chance to highlight their success – and give something back to the community. Below, we’ve collected 5 ideas for International Women’s Day celebrations at home.
Spend time with your mum
Mothers are great, and honestly, they won’t always be there. This International Women’s Day, make the most of the time you have with the wonderful woman who bore you. Take her to her favorite restaurant, watch a movie with her, cook with her – however, it is you usually bond.
You’ll be surprised by how much she’ll appreciate your spending time with her, and more importantly, how much you’ll learn from being with her. Parents have feelings just like us, and doing this would definitely create a greater bond between you two.
The classic 'thank you' note
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There's nothing like a classic 'thank you' note to set the tone for your IWD celebration. As we're now in the digital age, this is not limited to a physical card; it can also be in the form of a shout-out, a thoughtfully-crafted email, or a shareable social media card.
Don't have time to create a template? No problem - we've got you covered. Websites such as Greetings Island and Canva have plenty of beautiful free templates for you to choose from that can be printed out or shared via email or on various social media sites. If you're looking for a more official look, the official IWD website has a #EachforEqual branded social media card that is available for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Host a Small Home Party
This is a great idea whether you want to put something together for your home with your beloved ones! Have a good meal, say thanks to your women, and give them some gifts. Things are going well when you put your heart into it. The best part: The IWD organization already has the decorations covered, If they’re out of stock, no worries: Just stick to the color purple, the official shade of the day.
Host a film screening
Representation in film has a huge impact on how audiences learn about gender norms, the issues we focus on, and the way we perceive the world.
While we are achieving record levels of female representation in film, there is still a ton of work to do to close Hollywood’s gender gap. For example, according to the 2019 Celluloid Ceiling report, women accounted for 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 grossing films, yet no female directors were nominated for the 2020 Golden Globe awards or in the best director category at the Oscars.
This year, grab your friends or team and view the world from a woman’s point of view. Here are a few films by women directors or featuring a women-centric cast to add to your list:
* 13th – Directed by Ava DuVernay, this powerful documentary takes a critical look at the prison system in America, linking it to slavery and deeply embedded racism.
* Hooligan Sparrow – Directed by Nanfu Wang. A gripping documentary, this film follows human rights activist Ye Haiyan as she seeks justice for six abused girls in China.
* Suffragette – Directed by Sarah Gavron. A woman’s life is forever changed when she’s recruited to join the UK’s suffragette movement in 1912. An eye-opening look at one of the most important social movements in history.
* Hidden Figures – Featuring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in leading roles, this film brings to life the untold story of a trio of female NASA scientists who helped launch the first American astronaut into space.
* Trapped – Directed by Sian Melton, this documentary examines the TRAP laws in the US, which make it extremely difficult for abortion clinics to operate in certain states. A powerful look at reproductive rights and the impact these laws have on women.
Participate in an Edit-a-Thon
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Did you know? Less than 19% of the biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and an estimated 90% of Wikipedia editors are men.
But these numbers are improving, largely in part due to Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thons.”
Edit-a-Thons are events where people get together to write and upload articles about women, or update other articles where information about women may be missing, incorrect, or glossed-over. (These efforts extend to content about transgender and non-binary people as well.)
Consider starting your own Edit-a-thon. To get started, see Wikipedia’s guide: How to run an edit-a-thon for hosting one. Then check out the edit-a-thon tips from 500womenscientists.org and the Society of North Carolina Archivists.
Spend it alone – Treat yourself by doing absolutely nothing
If you want to stay at home, basking in the presence of your awesomeness that is totally fine with me. Just make sure you commit and go all out while you’re at it.
If it’s going to be you and a book, don’t just stop there. Grab that book and curl up with a hot cup of tea, hot chocolate, biscuits – whatever your favourite comfort food is. If your thing is Netflix, you’re in luck, House of Cards will be back by then, so you have a long day of political drama ahead of you. But even better, you can watch a movie that passes the Bechdel Film Test.
This year, do things a little differently. Celebrate the powerful women in your life and yourself for being just that – powerful.
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