A whole month dedicated to celebrating women’s history? We can’t think of anything better than that (well aside from you considering a run for office). Women have played critical roles throughout history, often not getting recognition for the contributions they’ve made. So while we encourage celebrating women every day, consider March our Super Bowl, ladies! Here are four ways you can make the most out of the next few weeks.
1. Attend A Local Event
Museums, libraries, and women’s organizations are just a few places that are bound to host an event during the month of March that centers around women. Women’s History Month is also a great excuse to get your girlfriends together for some cocktails, conversation, and connection. If you live near the Philly area we’ll be celebrating with our first stop on our Road To Run series to have a candid conversation about race and gender in politics.
2. Encourage Women In Your Life To Make History
The suffrage movement grew because women asked each other to join the fight. So why shouldn’t women’s representation in public office work the same way? One way a woman in your life can make history is by running for office, but she needs you to ask her! Women need to be asked at least more than once before they seriously consider running for public office which is why we’ve created an easy to use tool that helps add more women to the political pipeline. This March, ask a woman in your life to make history and consider a run for office.
3. Spend Time At A Museum
What better way to learn about women’s history than by spending a day at a museum? Maybe your local city has a museum dedicated to women, an exhibit centered around women or scattered amongst the other artifacts, regardless it’s a great way to spend a day in March. We’re also excited to hear that the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bipartisan bill called the Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act, which will allow for a museum strictly dedicated to women amongst monuments and museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Now we wait on the Senate.
4. Support A Woman-Owned Business
Over the last few decades, the number of women-owned businesses has skyrocketed. In 1972, women-owned just 4.6 percent of businesses; today women-owned businesses make up 42 percent of all businesses in the US. Women-owned businesses collectively employ 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in revenue. Supporting women-owned businesses means investing in women’s economic empowerment, gender equality in business, and sustainable economic growth. Your investment shows you believe in a future where women entrepreneurs have equal opportunities and the same potential to grow as their male counterparts.
How are you going to spend Women’s History Month? Tell us below in the comments!