International Women’s Day 2019 Roundup: Balance for Better

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Breaking Barriers

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally HEEERE! It’s International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Balance for Better. We don’t know about you, but we’ve seen a LOT of action around this year’s IWD, so we thought we’d make our lives (and hopefully yours as well) easier by compiling a list of resources for the day. Consider this your one-stop shop. Don’t forget to take a moment and celebrate!

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First, a little context…  BBC has a great article about its history as well as a great list of frequently asked questions about the day. One popular question, is there an International Men’s Day? Yes. Read on to learn more!

Next up, EVENTS! There are SO. DANG. MANY. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate with others, you can literally find events all around the world on the IWD website. So convenient! General Assembly is also hosting a ton of panels in a bunch of different US cities, including where the bulk of our community lives, Boston, NYC, and San Francisco. You can also find a ton of events using our favorite event platform Eventbrite. Just search for International Women’s Day and voila… there they shall appear!

Some big companies are making it known that they want to support women and International Women’s Day. Here are a few!

  • Always is donating up to 3 million pads and tampons to Feeding America so girls don’t miss school because of their periods.
  • Madewell has created a special collection with 50% donation to Girls, Inc., and is hosting in-store events.
  • Diane von Furstenburg is hosting panels in NYC and donating 20% of sales from a special collection to VV Grow, a women’s accelerator.
  • Gap Brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta) is donating up to $135,000 in sales from special collections to CARE.
  • Apple is partnering with Girls Who Code, and for March each App of the Day in the App store is founded, developed or led by a woman. They are also creating and featuring special iTunes playlists to highlight woman artists and tech professionals.

Finally, if you’re not up for leaving the house, or you can’t, IWD will come to you. Here are some ways to get your brain thinking about gender parity.

And we just want to end on this, Oprah Winfrey’s speech from last year’s Golden Globes because we can’t get enough of it and we hope you love it, too. Here’s to creating a more equitable and inclusive world.

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