Today is #InternationalWomensDay, and if you’re fortunate enough to be scrolling through social media because you have access to a smartphone, or a tablet, or a computer, or a public library’s computer, or a laptop, or an iPad, or whatever device it is that has access to 3G or Wifi, then there is absolutely no excuse to not educate yourself on how you can be involved. You should feel hungry for change, and famished for a way to contribute. Today, look for any which way you can support every woman you know, the ones you have yet to meet, and the ones you will never encounter. This means supporting the women who look like you and the ones who don’t; the ones who pray like you and the ones who don’t; the ones who love the people whom you don’t; and the ones who live like you and the ones who don’t live exactly the way you do. Do your part. Support a woman-run business. Donate to @plannedparenthood, and/or your community’s women’s shelter. Denounce any and all forms of emotional, sexual, and physical violence against women. Wear red today in solidarity with the female population participating in #ADayWithoutAWoman. Don’t conflate being pro-woman with being anti-man. Pick up a book or essay by Roxane Gay, bell hooks or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Let a woman or a girl know how brilliant they are, and how much value they possess. Don’t do so because you may have a sister, a girlfriend or a mother that you love; do so because you know – to your core, you know – that they are incredible on their own, and not by association. Make intersectionality and intersectional feminism a central part of your understanding of how our world currently works to disenfranchise those whose bodies are perceived to be less valuable, less worthy and less deserving of opportunities than yours may be. Acknowledge your privilege; don’t be ashamed of it, but don’t let it go to waste. Use your voice, not just for yourself, but also to cheer for those whose voices are drowned out by oppression. Do your part. And remind yourself, today and every day, that “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

Written by Brie

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