International Women’s Day Activity Sidekick

We have curated some fun additions for your International Women’s Day!

2021 Theme:

“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

International Women’s Day (March 8)  is a worldwide celebration of women’s achievements, as well as a day of education, empowerment, and action. Its purpose is to promote gender equality across the globe. It has been observed since 1911.


How you can celebrate:

  • Bake a cake:  Bake and decorate a cake that celebrates this year’s theme.  
  • Photography:  Take pictures of the women in your facility.  List their life’s accomplishments and achievements.  Post in a place for all to see.
  • Throw a party: The theme color is purple.  Recognize the achievements of the women you are surrounded by every day. Host a volunteer project for a women-owned business during the party. 
  • Learn about and celebrate the women that have brought us here.
  • Support women publishers & books.  Try one of these 3 riveting books: 
    • Educated: This best-selling memoir is about a woman who grew up in an ultra-religious household, so secluded she didn’t even have a birth certificate, only to make her way out…all the way to Harvard and Cambridge. Tara Westover’s real-life story proves there’s nothing we can’t do.
    • An American Marriage: A marriage is challenged when Celestial’s husband Roy is put in prison for a crime she knows he didn’t commit. During his 12-year sentence, things change—a lot. Tayari Jones’ novel is a surprising and compassionate exploration of heartbreak, love, and perseverance.

Hunger: Roxanne Gay’s memoir isn’t just another woman’s journey towards self-love and body acceptance: It’s about self-awareness. This book serves to teach readers that sometimes the things we are most ashamed of are the things that can bring us together, empower us, and create meaningful, positive change.


Celebrate Women in Film

Here are some films directed or written (or both!) that you can stream.

  • Lady Bird, 2017. – Written and directed by Greta Gerwig. (Comedy, Drama) – Loosely inspired by Gerwig’s own adolescence, this tender coming-of-age movie follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) as she navigates her senior year of Catholic high school in 2002 Sacramento and a complicated relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). 
  • Certain Women, 2016. Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt, based on short stories by Maile Meloy. (Drama) – This portrait of the American Northwest by way of three resolute women features careful, lived-in performances from Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and frequent Reichardt collaborator Michelle Williams. 
  • 13th, 2016. – Directed by Ava DuVernay. (Documentary) – After the success of Selma, her biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr., Ava DuVernay made this powerful documentary about mass incarceration in the United States — featuring notable black feminist thinkers and civil rights advocates Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander. 
  • The Babadook, 2015. – Written and directed by Jennifer Kent. (Horror) EXTREMELY SCARY! – A story of single motherhood, grief, and the supernatural, this unconventional and frightening indie movie put Jennifer Kent rightfully on the map as a voice to follow. 
  • The Bling Ring, 2013. – Written and directed by Sofia Coppola. (Drama) – Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” this stylish movie takes a morally ambiguous look at a series of high-profile celebrity burglaries carried out by a group of Los Angeles county teenagers. A great turn from Emma Watson! 
  • Winter’s Bone, 2010. – Directed by Debra Granik, written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. (Drama, Mystery) – This intense mystery drama about an impoverished family in the Ozarks gave Jennifer Lawrence her breakout role, earning her a Best Actress nomination at the 83rd Oscars.