The United Nation is designating March 8 as International Women's Day to "call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women." This year's theme is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030," focusing on equality in education, equalizing the pay gap, and ending violence and discrimination against women.
International Women's Day is asking #BeBoldForChange, especially since it's estimated that gender equality won't be achieved until 2186. That's 170 years from now. However, it's been more than a 100 years since the first International Women's Day was held in 1911.
Obviously, the goal is to speed up the process.
The day coincides with A Day Without Women, a strike asking women not to work, avoid spending money and to wear red in solidarity with women around the world. It's supported by the Women's March.
Several countries and companies are promoting equality through legislation and donation drives. Iceland is planning legislation to require both private and public employers to offer equal pay regardless of gender, race or nationality. The country's goal is to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022.
Tinder is making it just as easy to donate, as it is to date. In a partnership with Pledgeling.com, Tinder is giving people a $100 to donate to women's charity. Tweet at tinder with name of a women-oriented charity or cause with the hashtag #FundHerCause. Tinder will then send you a code to unlock and send donation money to one of 12 charities.
Asset management company State Street Global Advisors placed a bronzed statue of a little girl in front of Manhattan's iconic charging bull on Tuesday night. SSGA wanted to send a friendly reminder to the 3,500 companies that it is invested in to be diverse. BP, PepsiCo and Caterpillar are all partnering with the UN for this year.
Everlane is donating $5 from their "Human" line to Equality Now. Avon recently donated $500,000 to organizations against domestic violence. A portion of their "Empower" tote is donated to a fund dedicated toward ending violence against women.
Whether you're striking, donating, tweeting, or busy juggling life's responsibilities, at least take a moment to do something nice for yourself on International Women's Day. Then maybe take another moment to display the same kindness to another woman. A woman helping other women is a sign of strength.