Happy Women's Day. Photo: Real Simple
Happy Women's Day. Photo: Real Simple

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8 and it was created in 1908 when 15,000 women protested for their rights in New York. In today’s day and age, this day is a chance for us to celebrate all women while continuing to fight for equal rights. And while it is important to celebrate women on this day, we also believe that you should always be celebrating yourself, as well as empowering the women around you every single day. As for the world is being shut down due to COVID-19, almost all the gathering activities are prohibited, therefore, having virtual celebrations isn't a bad idea.

Treat Yourself First

You know the saying, “You can only fill someone else's glass if yours is full.” That's why we think it's important for you to treat yourself this International Women's Day and, really, every day. But especially during this special occasion, it's important to recognize your own achievements and build yourself up. Women often underplay their achievements, while also being unnecessarily harsh on themselves. So let’s turn over a new leaf! We think today is a great day to start treating yourself to your favorite dinner, uninterrupted book-reading time or a spa day. And if you want to empower even more women on your self-care day, order dinner from a women-owned restaurant or visit a woman-owned spa. It's important to support women entrepreneurs and business owners every day, but especially on International Women’s Day.

#ChooseToChallenge and show your support on social

Photo: Human Resources Online
Photo: Human Resources Online

This year’s official International Women’s Day theme (2021) is #ChooseToChallenge. It’s a call-to-action to challenge the status quo by raising awareness against bias, celebrating women's achievement, and taking action for equality.

One simple, yet impactful way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year is to show your commitment to challenging inequality by taking part in the #ChooseToChallenge social media campaign. Take a photo of yourself raising your hand high and share it on your preferred social media platform(s) using #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.

You can even use these awesome templates to create custom co-branded social media cards to get your whole team involved.

READ MORE: Happy International Women’s Day (March 8): History, Significance, Celebrations

Have a virtual celebration

Seeing that meeting up in large groups is prohibited, a virtual congregation is a great way to celebrate Women’s Day. Why not gather a few of your girlfriends on a video call and have a virtual breakfast, lunch or dinner together?

You can also virtually meet up to discuss issues that affect you as women and if you don’t identify as a woman, you can also have a virtual celebration with the women in your life to show them how much you appreciate them.

Support Brands That Lift Up Women

Photo: CNN
Photo: CNN

As we mentioned above, it's important to put your dollars behind things you actually support and believe in, like women-owned businesses or strong, female-led brands. Whether you are looking for boutique clothing, beauty products or tech gadgets, there are plenty of brands that were made with you in mind. Women-owned businesses and companies exist to improve the lives of women everywhere, so when you support companies like this, you are really supporting yourself and other women, too. It’s a win-win!

Host a Virtual Party for Your Girl Squad

While we love the idea of empowering people outside your own circle, chances are that your own circle of women needs you, too. So band together with your girl gang and plan a fun and virtual–or in-person–event where you all celebrate and support each other. You can play virtual games or do a gift exchange. Either way, it should be all about the ladies and making sure everyone feels heard and supported!

Honor the Women in Your Life

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Photo: FreePik

If you're the thoughtful and gift-giving type, you might want to plan something out that recognizes the women in your life. Whether it be your mother, grandma, guardian, teacher, or friend, it will surely brighten someone’s day to receive a call from you, a handwritten card, or a thoughtful gift on International Women’s Day.

Sending the ‘thank you’ note

Nothing can truly beat the classic show of appreciation. The ‘thank you’ note can easily set the tone for a business’ 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.

Even if there isn’t much time to create such a card, there are plenty of websites and services that offer easy templates that can be printed out or shared via email.

How is IWD celebrated across the world?

Each country has their own unique way of celebrating the day. It is an official holiday in a number of places including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

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