Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s the perfect time to look backward at all the women who have had a lasting impact on history. It’s also the perfect time to look at the present and into the future of women’s role in the world. As we see so many advancements for women in politics, the workplace and even home life, thinking of ways to make each of those spaces more friendly toward women is going to be an important part of moving forward. We’ve pulled together three ways to celebrate women this month (and every month).
Donate to Women-Focused Charities
Organizations that help women come in many forms. Places like Soul Sanctuary offer direct aid through programs and shelters for women suffering under domestic violence. Women Who Code helps girls break into male-dominated tech fields. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In helps women achieve their ambitious goals. If you have a few dollars to spare this month — or a few hours to volunteer — there are plenty of ways to give women a helping hand up.
Teach Children About Famous Women
We’re not just talking about teaching young girls, either! Growing up, everyone should have a good understanding of the amazing women who have shaped the world. There are so many ways to engage kids’ minds with history, too. A trip to a museum can give them in-depth knowledge about specific time periods. A few books from the library can expose them to biographies and about historical figures. Even movies about topics like the women’s suffragette movement or the Radium Girls can have a big impact.
Pick Up a Book by a Female Author
Women have led such rich and interesting lives throughout history. Their perspective can be refreshing, challenging and fascinating if you’re mostly used to reading books written by men. Autobiographies are a particularly rich way to look into the lives of famous women throughout time. Plus, there’s the added bonus of supporting their work and encouraging their talent.
We have a bonus idea: tell the women in your life how much they mean to you this month. They’ll appreciate it more than you could know.