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Article By Nikki Reed // Empowering Everyday Women // Women's Issues
Posted March 8, 2017
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Organizers of January’s Women’s March have called for women to take the day off and
encouraged them not to spend money to show their economic strength and impact on American
society.

While some are closing up their wallets all day Wednesday as part of the “A Day Without a
Woman” protest, you may want to show your support for women's rights another way: by actually
supporting women's causes today.

This is important because, although women’s rights are human rights, that fact continues to be
ignored around the world where women face discrimination, oppression and abuse.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th annually, is sanctioned by the United
Nations as a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and celebrate acts of courage
by ordinary women who have done extraordinary things in the history of their countries, and
communities.

While many are planning to attend local rallies, stay away from work or shopping in stores or
online, and wear red to signify love and sacrifice, still others want to use their voices differently in
the fight for equality.

However you do it, note that here in America, we know that women are blessed to enjoy freedoms
those who aren’t born in a democratic society don't get to enjoy. And though we are accustomed
to many liberties, the fight for fairness is also needed here on the home soil.

According to the U.S. Census, women make up more than 47 percent of the workforce and are
dominant in such professions as registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and
pharmacists. They make up at least a third of physicians and surgeons, as well as lawyers and
judges. Women also represent 55 percent of all college students.

Still, American women continue to be paid less than men, earning 80 cents for every dollar a man
makes. The median income for women was $40,742 in 2015, compared with $51,212 for men,
according to census data.

"On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome
entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and
women’s empowerment,” said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

So how can you celebrate International Women’s Day and promote pro-women's causes today or
all week long? Here are 5 ways:

1. Buy from a woman-owned business enterprise: Do you know of an inspiring
entrepreneurial woman who is defying the odds and making it happen day by day? If so,
purchase from her today. Whether she runs a small business or has seen her dream blossom
into a major corporation, buy a product or service.

2. Donate to a cause that helps women and girls. There are many charities that focus on
helping women trapped in the sex trafficking industry, assisting those who do not have access to
educational resources, or addressing girls in need of mentorship and training. One excellent
charity is the United Nations’
GirlUp Foundation that works in various ways to empower
adolescent girls around the world.

3. Give to a woman-led charity or nonprofit. Women around the world have built
organizations and charities designed to make their community and world better. If you know of
one, perhaps right in your own backyard, make a donation. No matter how big or small, what you
give makes a difference. You can
give to Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc., launched
in 2007 by our amazing Founder, Dianna Hobbs. There's a way to be a great blessing to
someone!

4. Support a female artist. Whether she is a singer, musician, painter, or illustrator, throw some
support her way today. Buy her album. Order a painting or drawing. Why not bring awareness of
her work to your audience by posting something about  this awesome female artist on social
media in honor of International Women’s Day? Women helping women is the way to build bridges
we can all walk across to further the cause of women's rights.

5. Spread the word about International Women’s Day. Not everyone knows about or
understands the importance of March 8th, but you have the power to educate them. By
promoting this special day, you’re helping increase awareness of the great inequalities and
injustices women face, and doing your part to spark change.

Though no one can resolve all the issues of the world in a single day, if we band together and
work toward a common goal, great things will happen.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit the official website of the UN here.
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