"Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength."
With International Women's Day upon us, we'd like to share some words from one of our content creators and their connection to this important day:
International Women’s Day, by definition, is a global day celebrating the social, economical, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It is a day for appreciating the women in your life, whether it’s a mother, sister, best friend, or close colleague.
Mine is a family of women. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, and aunt. It has always been something I was proud of—being brought up by powerful women who weren’t afraid of a thing!
I remember watching in awe as my grandmother raised her three girls through the good and the bad, never faltering and always making sure they had everything they needed.
Her strength under pressure and sometimes impossible circumstances taught me from an early age that women can move mountains if they put their minds to it!
My mother worked tirelessly to keep us happy and healthy, and my aunt taught me to always stand strong and stick up for myself.
In 2021, my family of women grew by two as my wife and I welcomed our twin girls, making the special day even more important for us.
This year we will celebrate International Women’s Day with a renewed sense of responsibility.
Raising the next generation of fearless girls is no joke, but we can fill it with fun! Here are a few ways to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Remember and Reminisce
Whether it’s spending the day with a grandparent or baking an old family recipe, spend time with your children and reminisce about the women who came before you.
Show love through food and start passing those traditions on, no matter how old your kiddos are.
Toddlers and preschoolers can help in the kitchen, while most little ones will even be willing taste-testers! Invite your tiniest sous-chefs to share in the experience of cooking your family’s most important meals and tell them how the women in our lives worked hard to keep their families fed and feeling loved.
Bust Out The Books!
There are countless titles for children of all ages that celebrate the lives of extraordinary women!
Whether it’s a board book about Rosa Parks or a longer chapter book detailing the accomplishments of great female athletes, your local library or bookstore is a gold mine!
My babes and I will enjoy the “Little Feminist” board book series, as well as flipping through “A Is For Awesome” during story time, because it’s never too early to learn about the strong, smart, and all around exceptional ladies in the world!
Dance It Out
Who runs the world? GIRLS! Turn the music up, sing it loud, and sing it proud!
Whether you’re shakin’ your booty to Beyonce or swaying to the sweet sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, celebrate the incredible ways that women have dominated the music industry and (literally!) made their voices heard!
Color Outside The Lines
Frida Kahlo! Georgia O'Keeffe! Dorothea Lange! Annie Leibovitz! The contributions that women have made to the world of art are too many to mention, and absolutely priceless.
Encourage your kiddos to unleash their creativity by emulating some of the most accomplished female artists in the world.
Paint self portraits like the famed Kahlo, or set up an at home photoshoot like Annie Leibovitz!
Don’t be afraid to get messy. Remember: nobody changed the world by staying inside the lines.
Celebrate Through STEM
Stargaze with your littles and tell them about how Katherine Johnson and Mae C. Jemison were integral to getting men on the moon.
Play a computer game and celebrate Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
Make a family tree with your wee ones and tell them how Rosalind Franklin discovered the molecules that make us “us”, and tie us all together.
Women have made incredible contributions to STEM subjects—perfect subjects for curious kids that are just yearning to learn!
No daughters in your brood? No problem!
International Women’s Day isn’t just for girls. Every single person on this earth can benefit from learning and appreciating all the wonderful things that women have done and continue to do.
Each of us has a woman in our lives that we hold dear. I know we appreciate them every day, but a little extra love on International Women’s Day goes a long way!
And to the ladies reading this:
Whether you’re dancing and singing,
painting, or problem solving,
or raising up littles,
you are magic.
Happy International Women’s Day.