Since 1977 International Women’s Day has been endorsed and celebrated by the United Nations. This year’s U.N. International Women’s Day theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” The U.N. is taking the day to focus on pay equity, recognizing the value of unpaid care work, and accelerating its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Meanwhile, civil society groups around the world  have seized on 2017 International Women’s Day to spotlight various issues. The leaders of the Women’s March on Washington are calling for “A Day Without A Woman” where women take off time from work, supporters avoid shopping, and wear red to highlight women’s economic issues and justice for gender-nonconforming individuals. At InternationalWomensDay.com they are calling for individuals to #BeBoldForChange to close the gender pay gap and create a more gender inclusive world.

At Liberty and Access for All we support the spirit of all these events. However, it’s not enough to just raise awareness or engage in one-off demonstrations (or even a series of demonstrations). Women everywhere need a seat at the leadership table, and with that goal, your best activities for International Women’s Day are those that actively engage with civil society to set an example for the next generation of female leaders. Great activities that will help maximize your impact include:

o   Writing an op-ed to your local paper.

o   Getting a meeting with your House Representative or calling elected officials.

o   Asking women to register to vote. It’s not just for election years!

o   Or just educating yourself about the history of women’s movements so you can tell your friends.

Liberty and Access for All’s Women’s Leadership Academy is dedicated to giving women the right tools to make maximum impact at times like this. So, in addition to helping your friends with any of their International Women’s Day activities, please ask them to also support our programs so we can keep fighting to get everyone a place at the table.