International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8 since around 1914, but its origins date back to as early as 1909. It is a day when we recognize women for their achievements without regard to any cultural, linguistic, or economic divisions. The history of International Women’s Day is rich with innovative thinkers and passionate women spearheading social change and dedication for equality. Across the Americas, Europe, and beyond, women’s unique impact on history and passion to have their voices heard has empowered world changers for hundreds of years.
In honour of International Women’s Day, here are some ways to celebrate and support the women in your life.
Women Helping Women
It’s important that we come together, taking the time to help other women achieve their goals. There are plenty of women in our lives we admire who have taken the time to provide encouragement and advice when we needed it most. Some that come to mind are our mothers, our sisters (blood related or sisters from another mother), and our closest girl friends. Sometimes, no one quite understands the struggles we’re having like a great girlfriend does. Supporting someone and becoming a mentor definitely isn’t confined to just women helping women. we also learning new perspectives from the men in my life.
International Women’s Day is all about celebrating your strength, passion, intellect, and beauty. Use this day to pamper yourself and focus on self-care.
Do something you really love:
- Go on a walk through your favourite park.
- Treat yourself at that little café you love for a girl’s lunch.
- Hosting a gal’s day with pampering Celavive® facials.
- Plan a weekend getaway to go out and explore some new hiking trails.
- Hit up a farmer’s market or antique show you’ve been curious about.
- Try some self-reflection to tap into your unique insights by writing in a gratitude journal.
- Buy some fresh flowers.
- Dance in your kitchen.
- Curl up with your favourite book.
- Or whatever brings you joy.
Girl Power Empowers Others
Your voice may be shadowed by insecurities or fear at times, but honey, you have an important story to tell. Your insight is worth being heard so keep contributing to the discussion. As women, we often apologize for letting our opinions be heard, but we provide a unique perspective. Tell your story, girl. Let’s hear your ROAR.
Fierce and Fabulous
Femininity does not mean fragile. Sometimes, it takes some physical exercise for us to remember our own strength. We surprised ourselves at what our bodies can do when we switch things up and try a new workout. If you’re looking to embrace your feminine power while sweating it out, try a kickbox, tai chi, yoga, or barre workout.
A Face for the Ages: Iconic Women
We always inspired when we hear stories of trailblazers, icons, and revolutionaries making a difference in the world. Use International Women’s Day as an excuse to read a new article or check out a documentary on Netflix. Discover some inspiring stories about iconic women like: Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman who is on our new $10 bill, illustrated the diverse and important contributions women have made in shaping Canada’s history. There is Maya Angelou, who penned:
Others include the selfless efforts of Florence Nightingale or heroic Malala Yousafzai who campaigned for education opportunities for Pakistani girls. And we can’t forget about the athletes who returned from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Brittany Bowe won a bronze in speed skating after overcoming some serious concussion issues.
We wouldn't be who we are at beautyglow.ca without the phenomenal #ladybosses who are hardworking, strive for healthy lifestyles, and encourage others to live their best life. Women who share their stories, inspire us with their entrepreneurial dreams, and who are determined to leave today better than yesterday. Here’s to the women who inspire us to keep reaching for our goals.
Celebrate the women who make your life a little brighter this week.