Ring the Beyoncé alarm, because today is International Women’s Day.
And it just so happens that it’s also the day our American sisters will go on a historic strike as part of “A Day Without A Woman.” Girl power is needed now more than ever, but attending the strike is a privilege because for many women, missing a day of work isn’t in the cards.
The 6ix will celebrate International Women’s Day in a march on March 11, starting at the University of Toronto’s Medical Sciences Building and ending with a fair inside Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre.
Don’t feel ashamed if you can’t make it to a march. Luckily, there are still things you can do to to stand in solidarity, make your voice heard and feel empowered.
header photo by @amandaskrabucha
1. WEAR RED
We are what we wear, right? Like the bright pink pussy hats, wear red in solidarity of the “A Day Without A Woman” strike in the U.S. Imagine how rad it would be to look around on your commute or in the office and see all women wearing the same colour. This is a powerful statement that requires no effort and raises a red flag.
2. DON’T BUY ANYTHING
Canadian women make up 60 per cent of primary shoppers in the household. Similar to Buy Nothing Day, make a statement by not shopping for just one day. You’ll remind the government and businesses of women’s impacting purchase power. So, try to buy what you need beforehand.
3. BE ON THE SAME PAGE
Give your library a feminist makeover and read these literary page-turners:
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel
Fresh off the press, WE combines practical, psychological and spiritual tools to live a more fulfilling life. It’s written by girl power duo, actress Gillian Anderson and her friend, journalist Jennifer Nadel.
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
In this bold book of essay, image and poetry, Claudia Rankine recounts racial aggressions in today’s everyday encounters of daily life and in the media. She provides a defiant, heartbreaking and critical insight to the ‘angry woman of colour’ by reflecting on Serena Williams.
4. INSTA YOUR SUPPORT
Spread awareness through social media. These powerful platforms are an easy way to be a part of the conversation and this historic day. Snap a pic of your all-red ensemble, repost an inspirational quote, or talk about an important women’s issue. Don’t forget to double-tap your fellow marchers’ posts and stay in the loop while you’re on your lunch break.
5. DONATE TO PRO-WOMAN ORGANIZATIONS
Although you shouldn’t buy anything for yourself this day, donations to non-profits are the only and most important exception. Big or small, you can make a difference to women near you.
Help out Women’s Shelter Canada by contributing to their initiative ShelterSafe.ca, an online resource to help women and children find safety from violence and abuse. Impact the lives of young girls by donating to Plan International’s “Because I’m a Girl” global campaign to end gender inequality.
How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Make sure to comment below!