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Still buzzing from Frances McDormand’s empowering speech at the Oscars? Even if you’re not an A-list actor who can request an “inclusion rider,” there are plenty of things you can do to take action in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8th. This year, organizers are urging supporters to #PressforProgress by promoting gender parity, forging positive visibility of women, and celebrating women’s achievements. Here are 4 ways to do just that:
1. Go on strike.
Women in 51 countries are taking part in the International Women’s Strike on Thursday, to protest “Trump and his misogynist policies” and also “the conditions that produced Trump, namely economic inequality, poverty, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, discriminatory immigration policies, and imperial wars abroad.” Organizers are also calling for an end to gender violence, reproductive justice for all, labor rights, and environmental justice for all (see the full platform here). In the U.S., strikes are currently planned in NYC, Portland, L.A., and the Bay Area, as well as Long Island, N.Y., Geneva, N.Y., and Lafayette, IN. Click here to see what’s happening near you.
2. Invest in women.
Kiva.org, a crowdfunding platform for social good, has developed a special initiative in honor of International Women’s Day called “Press for Progress, Invest in Women.” The campaign aims to crowdfund loans to 10,000 women in the U.S. and around the world through March 8th. By using Kiva’s platform to lend just $25, you can help a woman start or grow a business, go to college, access clean energy and water, or follow her dream. You’ll also get a free $25 credit to make a second loan to a woman of your choice. Click here for more information.
3. Say #ENOUGH to gun violence.
Gun violence is at the forefront of everyone’s mind after the horrific massacre in Parkland, Florida, but kids and parents in particular are taking action. On March 14th, the one-month anniversary of the school shooting that killed 17 students and teachers, organizers of the Women’s March (Women’s March Youth EMPOWER) are planning the #ENOUGH National School Walkout, in which students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and allies will leave schools for 17 minutes starting at 10 a.m. in their respective time zones to protest Congress’ inaction and demand gun-control legislation. Learn more here.
Also, on March 24th, March for Our Lives is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States to demand an end to mass school shootings. So far, more than 400 events have been planned worldwide. Find out what’s going on near you.
4. Practice for progress.
International Women’s Day is the perfect day to dedicate your yoga practice to progress and to all of the women fighting for the cause. Even better, you can get inspired to actualize your dedication off the mat with these 10 Poses to Empower You to Create Positive Change in the World.