You’ve got things to do this IWD, grab your calendars and get to planning!
words by Jessica Wu
International Women’s Day is ! This day of female celebration was a long time coming. After centuries of being oppressed, women are still bearing the aftershocks. We sometimes second guess our intuition, instinctively tame our inner strength, and quiet our voices. But as time goes on and our networking of female support grows, we all get stronger, bolder, and louder.
No matter how much time, money, or energy you have, here are 8 dope ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day!
1. Get Inspired by GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
Girls Art Show is a femme-led art and live music event presented by Hella Looks, a creative platform rooted in style, art, and culture. It’s a curated showcase of intelligent feminine energy that aims to bring together a new generation of conscious creatives and entrepreneurs to push boundaries and assert intersecting identities.
Running from 8pm to 11pm, head there after work for an incredible line-up of art, pop-ups, musical performances, and a dance presentation at @leiminspace in Chinatown—less than 1 mile from Nasty Gal HQ! And be sure to RSVP, admission is $7 with RSVP and $10 without. Check them out on Instagram at @girlsartshow!
2. Support Your Local Girl Gang
Check out Otherwild Goods & Services in Los Feliz to get your femme fix! Delight yourself with feminist wares from cheeky keychains to inclusivity art to abstract boob coat hangers.
3. Give Your Time and Support
Volunteer at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC). This is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and assisting formerly homeless women. They also take donations, but check out their donation wish list and list of things they can’t accept.
Or make a donation to a wonderful organization. Here are a few we love!
- Women on Wings – Committed to helping the underclass in rural India rise out of poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy, Women on Wings works with its business partners to create one million jobs for women. Women spend their income on their families, so providing income, economic autonomy, and an escape from the cycle of poverty allows their children to go to school and increase their chances of a better future.
- Days for Girls – Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and vital health education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. They’re turning periods into pathways and their movement has reached more than one million girls and counting!
4. Enjoy a TV Binge with Strong Female Leads
Indulge in big belly laughs and watch PEN15, a comedic TV show about the awkward ups and downs of being a teenager as seen through the eyes of two outcast 7th grade girls. Creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle portray their teenage selves while surrounded by actual teenagers in the show.
5. Dive Into Literature
- If you’re feeling rebellious and empowered, read The Handmaid’s Tale. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Hulu has turned Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel into a TV show. The story is set in a futuristic totalitarian society in which women are treated as property of the state and fertile women are forced into sexual servitude to repopulate a dying world. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred.
- If you’re craving a coming of age story, read The House on Mango Street. Centered on a young Latina girl named Esperanza in a Chicano and Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago, the novel traces her experiences growing up on Mango Street from her teenage years to adulthood.
- If you’re into historical fiction and sisterhood, read Homegoing. The 18th century novel focuses on two African sisters and follows their lives and multigenerational family struggles. One sister marries a British official and remains in Africa, while the other is captured and sold into American slavery.
- If you’re kinda over life & need a laugh, read We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. This series of 20 hilarious essays sheds effervescent light and charming humor on life, dating, friendships, and adulting, and proves that you gotta keep laughing—even when your life feels like a dumpster fire.
6. Pick Up The Phone, Tell ‘Em It Was Real
Call the boss bitch, loving spirit, natural caregiver, all-around hardworker, power mama, BFF, (the list goes on and on) in your life and tell them how incredible and inspiring they are and how fortunate you feel to have them in your life. In our age of digital and social interaction, a call goes a long way.
7. Shop & Support!
Strong, bad ass gals can still love pink and romance novels! Head over to The Ripped Bodice in Culver City to satisfy your literary romance cravings. After raising $91,000 on Kickstarter, sisters Leah and Bea Koch brought their dream of a romance-only bookstore to life. Their diverse selection of books and gifts focus on supporting independent, female-owned businesses.
8. Get Real Cozy with Your Girls
Invite your gal pals over for a slumber party. Think throwback movies, snacks, nail painting sessions, a popcorn bar, wine & cocktails ~because you’re an *adult*~, and open, honest conversations about the state of the world today and how you all cope, exist, and thrive in the current space. There’s nothing like quality girl time to heal and restore your mind and soul.
The energy you put out into the universe, especially toward the women in your life, resonates deeply throughout their personal, professional, and creative networks. You possess a lot of power to influence and mold the energies and outlooks of the women around you. Don’t underestimate your power and your voice. In a world that for centuries has told us that we are lesser, that our worth lies in our virginity and sexuality, that pays us less, that puts immense pressure on our physical appearances, the most powerful thing you can do is reclaim your power and your voice. It can be through measurable actions, or quiet actions in your day-to-day. The best thing you can do as a woman, is love your fellow female.
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