5 ways to intentionally incorporate, honor and celebrate women during Women's History Month.
Women's History Month and International Women's Day are important observances that celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history. Through these observances, we are reminded that women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to our society and culture. Women's History Month and International Women's Day also provide an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in terms of gender equality and to recognize the work that still needs to be done to achieve true equality. This is especially important as women still face discrimination and inequality in many areas. Celebrating these observances is a great way to honor the historical and current accomplishments of women and to remind us of the importance of creating a more equitable world for all.
The theme for this year's Women's History Month is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories," and will recognize women "who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more." There are many ways to honor and celebrate women for Women's History Month.
Tip #1 - Start at home. Honor the women in your immediate circle.
You can start by honoring the women in your life by thanking them for their contributions and telling them how much they mean to you. A simple card or message expressing your gratitude can go a long way to making sure the women in your life feel seen and appreciated.
Tip #2 - Research & Learn
Take the time to research & learn about influential women from the past, like suffragists, civil rights activists women who have broken barriers helped to create paths for women. I know it’s a bit old school, but your local library is a great place to begin researching & learning. In fact if you’re in the Leon County, FL area the Leon County Public Library has curated lists of books and resources for each age division specifically for Women’s History month
"History helps us learn who we are, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished." – National Women's History Alliance
Tip #3 - Support Woman led efforts or women owned businesses
Celebrate women by attending events or lectures about women's history and by supporting female-led organizations or businesses. Here’s a few on my radar:
CLEBRATING WOMEN WHO TELL OUR STORIES: Thriving in Wellness with FAMU First Lady Sharon Robinson https://www.famu.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=1318
Read to Lead: Women's History Month feat. Midtown Reader Staff https://www.midtownreader.com/event/read-lead-womens-history-month-feat-midtown-reader-staff
Tallahassee Community College 2023 Women's History Month Ceremony https://www.tcc.fl.edu/about/community-initiatives/womens-history-month/
Tip #4 - Host a Celebration
Host a celebration for the women in your community and encourage them to share their stories. In fact I’m hosting one myself:
Tip #5 - Use Your Social Power
Use social media to recognize the women in your life and to share inspiring stories of female leaders and trailblazers.