How to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an event that puts a spotlight on the successes and achievements of women past and present. Want to mark the occasion but stuck on ideas? We’ve compiled a guide on how to celebrate the day, from empowering playlists to movie marathons.

Have a Movie Marathon

Looking to delve into history? Last year’s Suffragette film with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep gave an awe-inspiring depiction of the struggle for a voice and the vote in pre-war Britain during 1912. Equally enchanting, Selma Hayek plays the iconic Frida Kahlo in 2002’s Frida, which tells the story of the painter’s turbulent life and her road to becoming a feminist icon. Known for playing a number of strong females, Charlize Theron becomes Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, a soldier determined to free her fellow women from their roles as slaves in this dystopian action adventure. Think guns, strength and survival instinct in a movie that’s about so much more than Mad Max himself.

Meet Up With Girlfriends

What better way to celebrate women than a meet-up with all your gal pals. Invite them round for a themed night, book a table at a restaurant, or head into town to dance the night away.

Get Inspired

Get inspired this International Women’s Day by looking to the activists of our generation. Actress Emma Watson has used her prominent place in the acting world to campaign for her beliefs in equality for women. Setting up the HeforShe campaign almost two years ago, Watson addressed the UN with her concerns over equal pay for women as well as highlighting the importance of men and women standing together united in their beliefs for parity. Pakistani activist for women’s education, Malala Yousafzai is a true inspiration. The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, her human rights advocacy and bravery in standing up to the Taliban has gained her admiration and notoriety. Creator, writer and actress of television series Girls, Lena Dunham has actively tried to dispel the historical stereotype of the feminist- from wardrobe options to job choices. Follow her on social media for some empowering quotes, or read her book Not That Kind of Girl for some raw memoirs of her early life.

Take to Social Media

Last year a number of celebrities took to their social media accounts to mark the occasion and it’s a brilliant way of spreading awareness. While Taylor Swift celebrated her appreciation of her friends, Beyonce posed as Rosie the Riveter and others like Cara Delevingne shared inspirational quotes.

Make a Playlist

Create a playlist filled with empowering tunes by your favourite female artists- think Joan Jett’s glam-rock anthem Bad Reputation, No Doubt’s Just a Girl that battles with gender stereotypes and Beyonce and Nicki Minaj’s collaboration Flawless, a song that contains an important message about the definition of feminism: “a person who believes in the social, economic, and political equality of the sexes.”

Read Up

Looking to bury your nose in a book? Times columnist Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman is a memoir that documents the journalist and author’s early life and views on feminism, filled with cleverly crafted humour and raw storytelling. If you’re looking for a classic, American author and poet Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar tells the story of one woman’s attempt to regain her self-confidence and control after recovering from a downward spiral.

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