Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s International Women’s Day!

So, maybe you heard about it? Or watched the great doodle on Google today? If not, here’s a great brief rundown of its history and what it means today.

So what can YOU be doing today to #appreciate the continued fight for global gender equality? Glad you asked!
Locally Today:
1. There’s the HAS forum from 12:30-1:30pm in the Crowe Room discussing gender-based violence in humanitarian crises and humanitarian agencies
2. There’s a One Billion Rising Event being held in Mugar at 12:30pm
3. Interested in Tech/Politics/Culture? General Assembly is hosting a free speaker talk on those topics downtown from 6:30-8:30pm.
4. As part of a larger day-long event, LIDS and the Women’s Law Association at Harvard, are hosting an evening reception with their 2017 honorees from 5pm-7pm.

1. You may have heard of the Women’s March #DayWithoutAWoman, encouraging women to go on strike for their commitment to human rights and in recognition of the “enormous value women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system”. Recognizing the #privilege in being able to take a day on strike, you can also wear RED in solidarity.
2. Check out the IWD website with great resources on how to get involved/take action around causes YOU care about, whether it be violence against women, pay equity, equal opportunity to education, you name it – #BeBoldForChange
3. Get involved in our community/donate where you can:
a. There’s the Cambridge Women’s Center where you can volunteer or donate
b. There’s the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center – where you can volunteer or donate
c. Want more women in elected office? Get involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus
4. Keep up the fight for gender pay equity – check out the country by country segment on gender pay gap from WEF – I’ll be 196 before I make as much as a man in the US, cool (not.)

5. Read about IWD around the world to see how citizens (men, women, non-gender conforming individuals) are celebrating the day.
6. Read the EU press-release on International Women’s Day.
And there’s lots lots more you can do, including telling all the important women in your life how much you appreciate all that they do, your mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, teachers, frandz, whomever.

And feel free to jump on to this with ways you suggest others get involved or how you are celebrating the day!

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