Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day.
Normally this would be a day that doesn't get much attention. Not because it isn't important or hasn't always been important. But this year is different. Women around the country are taking action today following the Women's March in January. No matter whether your attended the march or not, today is a day worth celebrating together. Here's how you can participate:
1. Stay Home from Work
Many women are staying home from work today. It's a symbolic strike exemplifying the economic impact of women everywhere.
2. Shop at Women-Owned Businesses
Women are supporting women today, including with their pocket books. As a woman-owned woman-run woman-everything shop, we're offering free shipping today to show our solidarity should you choose to invest your hard earned money with us (we'd be honored).
3. Wear Red
Women are wearing red as a show of unity. I have to head off to my day job still, but I'll be wearing my red loud and proud!
4. Swap Stereotypical Roles
If, like me, you can't stay home from work, consider taking a day off from household chores that would typically be categorized as "women's work."
Now I'm offering one last way to participate that's pretty easy.
5. Let Someone Cook a Meal for You
Ask your partner, your dad, your friend or nephew to cook something for you. It could be eggs, a brown bag lunch or a gourmet supper. The point is to let them connect with you through food and the experience of cooking.
This one really resonates for me. I grew up in a pretty typical household: I had a mom and a dad, one older brother, grandparents and aunts and uncles nearby. We were well cared for and grew up in a community that cared about us. But both my parents had to work to make ends meet. My mom has long been the breadwinner, the stable paycheck of our family. My parents are farmers, so her job was our bedrock, especially in the bad years. From a young age I watched her excel at her work, and looking back as an adult, I can appreciate just how much she likely struggled to balance work and family. Even on what I imagine were some hard, hard days, she always put a meal on the table. As someone who can barely make a sandwich most days, this completely blows my mind. And yet here she was, making sure we had all the food groups on our plate and a big glass of milk at night.
It leaves me with one last way you could celebrate International Women's Day.
6. Thank your Mom
Hug her tight. And if you get the chance, make sure someone makes her a meal today. She deserves it.