Today and every day
Spring is a beautiful time of year for its warm weather, brighter days and vibrant greenery. Springtime also means that it is that time of year where people worldwide celebrate the women-identifying individuals in their lives. International Women’s day is a powerful recognition of women, past and present, for their contribution to this planet. When we say women, it is important to acknowledge that being a woman is about more than biology. Women are complicated, and we do not need or want to be categorized. Here are some of the ways that we can support all the women in our lives.
Show the women in your life appreciation.
There is power in simplicity; a simple “love you,” “I appreciate your hard work,” or acknowledgment of someone’s pain goes a long way. Taking the time to reinforce someone’s belief in herself is a powerful act of kindness that can often be lost in the hustle and bustle.
Say something about gender equality
Supporting the women in your life means taking an active stance against those who don’t. Whether in your office or on your campus, if you see something, say something. IWD allows all of us to look inward and examine our own biases. Ask yourself if your actions are anti-feminist? Could you be doing more to make the spaces around you gender-equal?
Learn about the movement
By Audre Lorde
In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde’s philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.
By Malala Yousafzai
Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.
Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person — one young person — can inspire change in her community and beyond.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.