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Today is International Women’s Day, a day when we celebrate the achievements of women and highlight the social, political, economic, religious, and areas of health where the needs of women still aren’t being put forward.
The first International Women’s Day was in 1909 and honoured the female garment workers strike in New York City. Since then, countries around the world have used March 8th to bring awareness to women’s issues and celebrate incredible gains made throughout the year.
Having one day of the year dedicated to celebrating women around the world is awesome for many reasons, but the sad truth is we still need International Women’s Day because there continues to be countless ways that women’s lives are negatively impacted by their gender.
There are many ways to celebrate International Women’s Day and these are all things you can do year-round. But you don’t need us to tell you that. You’re your own boss.
Today’s Google doodle features something seriously badass women, including Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai.
Watch A Chick(s Rock) Flick
Grab your friends or enjoy some time solo-couch surfing with your favourite female-centric film. Try Clueless, Bend It Like Beckham, Juno, Bridesmaids, or Mean Girls, which gave us this reminder to be kind to one another.
Two Words: Yas Kween
Catch up on Season 3 of Broad City here and enjoy the greatest comedic duo since, actually, possibly ever. The greatest comedic duo since EVER.
Get Your Philanthropy On
There’s no shortage of amazing organizations and charities working tirelessly every day to help women around the world and in your own backyard. Take today as your starting point to get involved and put your awesomeness to work, because yes, there is always sh*t to protest and fight for.
Send a message to your girl, girls, gurlz, allies, besties, buddy, lady you admire and tell them how awesome you think they are. Thank an influential woman in your life. Mentor a young woman you know. Give a woman a high five. There are never enough high fives. Don’t forget to also be kind to yourself today and every day.
Take A Look, It’s In A Book
There’s no shortage of amazing female authors. It’s *almost* as if they make up half the population of writers. We still have to wait until August for Amy Schumer’s debut release, but there are literally millions of other amazing books you can read today, including autobiographies by some of our favourite comedians, including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling.
Dance It Out
Okay ladies, let’s get in formation.