March 8 is International Women's Day. According to their website, it's a global celebration of women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
(Apparently March 8 is also National Peanut Cluster Day, National Proofreading Day, and IHOP's National Pancake Day. What is a peanut cluster, even? And why would you celebrate peanut clusters when you could celebrate women all over the world? …I digress.)
This year's International Women's Day theme is #PledgeForParity.
I've pledged to do my part — that much was easy to do. (You should do it, too!) I've printed out the "selfie card" and will plaster it all over my Instagram tomorrow — and that's even easier, for a selfie whore like me.
This year, though, I wanted to do something more than pledge my support for women's equality. I'm putting my money where my selfie is — and you can help.
And I'll be donating 100% of my commissions from this week-long sale to the Chicago chapter of the Step Up Women's Network.
Step Up is a a national organization that empowers young women in underserved communities and nurtures them, through mentorship, to become "confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women."
Go your own way
Looking for a way to support gender parity yourself — but not feeling the love for my India Hicks wares? That's your prerogative, friend.
I asked my best Facebook hive mind, the #MsTech community, to share their favorite causes for advancing women, and they gave me this list. All would be more than worthy of your donation — no matter the size — on International's Women or any day of the week.
Make a donation yourself to one of these organizations, if its mission resonates with you.
- Work + Shelter, a fair-trade outsourcing service, recommended by McKensie Mack
- Connections for Abused Women & Children, which seeks to empower Chicago-area women affected by domestic violence, recommended by Nicole Vasquez of The Shift
- The Live Well Project, an annual one-day event benefiting at-risk girls in San Diego, recommended by Lisa Magill
- Heshima Kenya, which provides shelter, education and community outreach services for refugees in Nairobi and empowers them to live healthy lives, recommended by Nora Brathol
However you choose to support International Women's Day's #PledgeForParity, please do support it.