Written by: Sarah Orrison
Let’s hear it for the girls! This month, we’re putting special emphasis on celebrating the women in our lives. Not only is it Women’s History Month, but March also marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic. While it has been a difficult year for all, statistics show that the pandemic has taken a disproportionately devasting toll on women. We know one month is not enough to acknowledge all of the sacrifice, perseverance and remarkable accomplishments in women’s history. It does, however, allow us the time to reflect and recharge, knowing there is much more to be done. With that, we’re sharing three ways to revel in the female spirit and spread some much-needed love.
#1 SEND SOME JOY (FROM WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES)
By supporting women-owned businesses, you are committing to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and helping to progress gender equality. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Flowers: Is there really anything better than fresh flowers to brighten someone’s day? We love Farmgirl Flowers and their trademarked burlap wrapped bouquets. You can order and learn more about the original farm girl, founder Christina Stembel, here.
- Care Package: Marti Wymer started Spoonful of Comfort after her mother passed away from Lung Cancer. While her mother was sick, Marti wanted nothing more than to comfort her with chicken soup, despite being in different countries. Spoonful of Comfort allows you to send care packages and soups to loved ones in the U.S. – it’s warm, thoughtful and has the cutest packaging to boot! P.S. – There are gluten and vegan options.
- Gifts & Things: Rifle Paper Co. was founded by wife-husband team Anna and Nathan Bond. Anna’s signature hand-painted florals bring whimsy and charm to home office supplies, décor, accessories and more. Send something colorful to liven up your work wife’s desk or gift coordinating scrunchies & headbands to your mama squad.
#2 GET A HERSTORY LESSON
Host a feminist themed movie night or highlight influential woman authors and figures in this month’s book club. Our picks below:
- Movies: Family-friendly Hidden Figures (2016) follows three African-American female heroes working at NASA during the space race, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) just earned actress Andra Day a Golden Globe for her portrayal of music legend Billie Holiday, and On the Basis of Sex (2018) is a biographical drama of the young trailblazer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Books: Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Untamed, gives insight into the harsh expectations of being a woman and how to learn to start trusting the voice within, Becoming by Michelle Obama chronicles the experiences that have shaped her into an icon and powerful advocate for women and for a baby-friendly pick, check out Baby Feminists, a lift-the-flap book by Libby Babbott-Klein (oh-so-cute!).
#3 SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO FEMALE ADVANCEMENT
There are so many nonprofits devoted to lifting women up and inspiring girls to be fierce, fearless leaders. Donate or volunteer at some of the organizations below:
- Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
- The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
- Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, through direct service and advocacy.