Here's How You Can Participate in International Women's Day
Easy ways to get involved.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day to mark the social, economic, and cultural impact of women.
In 2018, the theme was #pressforprogress, fueled by a push for gender parity nationwide. This year, the International Women's Day organizers are running with #BalanceforBetter, an effort to achieve gender balance through collective action, whether in the workplace, in the media, or at home.
And while the initiative is certainly a big one, it's important to remember that this is a day that's more or less about women "showing up" and being counted — and so a lot of the ways to observe it involve literally showing up places, and posting a selfie that proves you were there. If there's one thing we know by now, it's that an Instagram post with just the right message and hashtags — #MeToo and #TakeAKnee being just two examples — can spark social change.
Want to get involved in the movement? Here's how you can participate in International Women's Day, no matter your location, financial situation, or availability.
Fun fact — purple is the international symbol for women. For that reason, you can show your support for the International Women's Day #BalanceforBetter effort by wearing your favorite purple outfit and even adding a touch of green and white. According to the International Women's Day website, the Women's Social and Political Union in the UK initiated the color combination. Purple is meant to signify justice and dignity, and green is the symbol of hope.
Post a Photo
Encourage friends and family to join in by posting a photo of yourself on social media in the #BalanceforBetter pose. Snap a shot with your hands out to indicate balance and you'll inspire a call-to-action and encourage other people to join in. Use the #BalanceforBetter and #IWD2019 hashtags to help your followers find like-minded participants.
You can even create social cards with purple frames and the International Women's Day logo to help bring awareness to the mission. The IWD website also offers selfie cards, which are really pretty necessary for all things #BalanceForBetter. Messages include "I will maintain a gender parity mindset" and "I will challenge stereotypes and bias."
Attend a Local Event
If you are looking to attend an International Women's Day event, then you'll want to check out the website's search tool to locate one in your area. All you have to do is select your country and town or city to find a list of local events. You can also publish an event if you are planning one of your own.
One worth noting: The IWD's flagship event, "Women in Industry: Building Inclusive Teams for Success," where attendees can learn about common challenges faced in the workplace, as well as how employers can help. With seminars taking place in 14 different locations — ranging from Los Angeles to Singapore — there are plenty of opportunities to attend.
Video: International Women's Day Celebrations Around the World
Check Out the International Women's Day Photo Collection
If you are seeking some serious #IWD2019 inspiration, then you'll want to check out the International Women's Day 2019 Image Collection.
“Celebrating diverse imagery of women challenges stereotypes, broadens perceptions, and reflects the vibrant and varied communities in which we live and work worldwide," Glenda Slingsby, Partnerships Director for International Women’s Day, said of the photo collection.
Submit Your IWD Photos
Want a chance to have your International Women's Day snaps featured? Submit your #BalanceforBetter images via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see your photos on the IWD website.
If you want to go one step further, then consider submitting your photos and/or videos of your International Women's Day activity for the International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition. Be prepared to include a 1,000-word case study along with your visual materials and choose from one of the many categories that best define your entry's contents. Check out the 2018 winners for inspiration.
Support The Cause
March 8 may be International Women's Day, but the organization works toward gender parity all year long. Not only does IWD partner with a wide range of companies to fuel its efforts, but it also collects donations for two charities of choice: Catalyst and The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Learn more about those organizations and how to donate here.