Lots of people celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing inspirational quotes on social media or by participating in International Women’s Day, but let’s not stop there. The possibilities for honoring women in history are endless, from simple moments of meditation to the more elaborate calls to action. Listed below are five ways to help you get started.
Reflect Over a Cup of Coffee
Women’s History Month is a good time for reflecting on the struggles of the past, the progress we’ve made, our goals for the future, etc. For centuries, women have put themselves in harms way for us to have the quality of life that we currently enjoy. We should never take it for granted.
Today, gather your thoughts and be thankful for the little things. Enjoy a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee and say a word of thanks to amazing women in history—from Madam C.J. Walker to Germany housewife, Melitta Bentz. She’s the brilliants woman who patented her invention for the coffee filter in 1908.
Commune with Other Women
There were a lot of meetings and protests organized for International Women’s Day, but the press for progress shouldn’t stop there. Consider getting involved by joining a local feminist book club or an activist organization. While these groups are usually geared towards women, there are some organizations that are open to men joining too.
Also, be sure to check your local college or university for talks or panels geared towards women or about women’s rights.
Listen to Some Wise Words
Need an inspirational boost to go with your morning coffee? Try listening to some great speeches by amazing women. Listed below is Oprah Winfrey’s Cecil B. de Mille speech from earlier this year and Maya Angelou’s emotional and empowering eulogy for Coretta Scott King.
Donate to local STEM programs for Girls
Women have and continue to achieve amazing things in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Computing pioneer Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson (“The Human Computers”) are just a few wonderful role models that young girls to look up to. Unfortunately, studies show gender bias, stereotypes, and other barriers block women’s progress in STEM.
This month, show your support for young girls who want to make history someday by donating to local STEM programs for kids like Girls Who Code.
Buy a Book
Before you tuck yourself in at night expand your mind by reading about phenomenal women and historic events in history. Earlier this month we listed four interesting books to consider for Women’s History Month, including one on Coretta Scott King and another on the Nineteenth Amendment. Check out this Mindful article for further details.
Bonus. Want more ideas on how to celebrate Women’s History Month? Check back later for more tips.