We’ve all heard the phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” but what if this didn’t have to be the case? As we come together to celebrate and reflect on International Women’s Day, we wanted to pay homage to the #ChooseToChallenge and our Herstory campaign. Progress has been made, but there’s still a long way to go. It’s not enough for everyone to know about the cake. We have to make sure everyone gets the chance to bake their own. Only then can we truly challenge the patriarchal norms.
In light of this, we’ve decided to put together a list of resolutions that will help us all be better allies. To diversifying your bookshelves and speaking up against discrimination, to amplifying BIPOC / LGBTQ+ voices and educating ourselves and those we know, we all have the power to make a change, no matter how small.
Here are 3 resolutions we are setting in honour of this International Women’s Day.
- Diversify your bookshelf. The media we consume has the power to alter our worldview. You don’t need to travel to every corner of the globe to show solidarity. You just need to invest in the voices that some feminist waves served to exist without.
- Support brands that strive to be better and do better. There’s no such thing as a perfect feminist, so the same applies to brands. If you want to put your money where your values are, research the companies you choose to purchase products or services from. If they don’t treat their workers with the respect they deserve, then do they really deserve your custom? If you treat everyone, no matter their race, sexuality or gender identity, as an equal, then it might be worth noting whether or not the brands you support are doing the same.
- Be the influencer you wish to see. It’s no secret that influencer culture has become a capitalist norm, but what if you could take the concept and make it your own? You don’t need to have a large following, or a blue tick, to make a difference. Everyone has the power to create a safe, and welcoming space, whether that be in person or online. To support fellow wxmen, you can’t just observe. You have to challenge, adapt, and learn from your mistakes. There is never a perfect time to start. Take the first step and we’ll be sure to cheer you along.
If you want to make your own IWD resolutions, then feel free to download our templates. We will be sure to like and share them on our socials with the aim of inspiring others to do the same. For more information on the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, check out https://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme