As you take a look at the world today, it is difficult to imagine that within the last hundred years, women throughout the U.S. were not able to participate in many of the activities that we now take for granted. If you walk into a voting booth, a college lecture hall or even an executive board meeting, it wouldn't seem so strange to come across those of the female gender - but that was not always so and, in some places around the globe, that is still not the case. March 8 marks International Women's Day, which means that you and your fellow senior community members should acknowledge the significant strides made in reaching gender equality, in addition to recognizing the pushes that need to be made.
Celebrate the women important to you
While there may be a whole slew of activities in which you can partake as a means of celebrating this day, one of the best ways to give a nod to women who made a difference in the past is to pay it forward and honor the ladies of today. For instance, by getting together and assembling presents for the admirable women in your life, you can embrace the spirit of this day in an appropriate and personal manner. Create cards, arrange care packages or purchase flowers for the ladies who matter most to you. If you extend gifts to people who are a part of younger generations, such as your daughter or granddaughter, the surprise gesture may inspire and spark a sense of female empowerment.
Do a good deed
You and others throughout your retirement community could also recognize International Women's Day by doing a charitable act. Look into organizations within your area - or even national foundations - that work toward causes promoting female equality in some capacity.
For example, you could contribute to an organization that aims to improve self-images among young girls, such as the Cinderella Foundation. This program gives underprivileged girls living in low-income areas the opportunity to participate in activities that will boost their self-esteem and teach them skills like social etiquette and grooming. However, if supporting female education is more your style, then you should think about making a donation to the Campaign for Female Education. Making education available to young women throughout various African nations, Camfed is an organization that continues to push gender equality on a global level.
Although these activities may not be world-changing, engaging in them will let you to stay true to the message of the day. With these small acts, you can contribute to supporting women throughout the globe in a feasible way.
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