10 ways to empower those who self-define as a woman

Women's History Month

The purpose of Women’s History Month, which we’re celebrating this month, is to raise and empower women by discovering, documenting and celebrating their lives and achievements. Why is it so important? First and foremost, women’s history is also human history and secondly, well women are just killing it and they deserve to be celebrated.

Throughout the centuries, many courageous women have stepped forward to fight inequality and to champion causes for the benefit of society. Their work to break down barriers has allowed future generations of women to pass through without resistance – and Women’s History Month honours these women.

To mark the month, we’re holding some events through the SU (check them out on this page – we’ll keep adding more info as and when they’re confirmed).

We also have some additional suggestions for individual ways to celebrate and empower women this month. You could…

 

1. Read a biography about a female pioneer such as Amelia Earhart who was one of the first ladies of aviation. Here are 13 amazing new biographies about iconic women, all of which were released this year...

 

2. Listen to a girl power playlist! Head to YouTube or the streaming site of your choice and listen to some banging tunes...

 

3. Watch a gripping film or documentary about the origins of the women’s movement and the Suffragettes to educate yourself! Here are some recommendations, from On The Basis of Sex to Hidden Figures...

 

4. Volunteer or make a donation to an organisation designed to help women. Here’s a list of some good ones, that support everything from women’s education to alleviating menstrual poverty to closing the gender pay gap.

 

5. Write a thank you note to a woman in your life who inspires you!

 

6. Watch an inspiring TED talk for women. Click here to check out a handy list of all the TED talks about modern feminism - there are some amazing ones to choose from!

 

7. Watch movies directed by women. In 2019 the BBC interviewed 368 experts from 84 countries about the 100 greatest films with female directors - and the result was a truly epic list. Definitely worth a screening!

 

8. Support a women-owned business or organisation. Take a look at this Feminist’s Guide to London for some inspo...

 

9. Post a link about your most-admired woman in history on social media (and tag us - we’d love to know which female icon inspires you!

 

10. Make sure you’re registered to vote. (This one is a must!)

 

How are you celebrating Women’s History Month? Get in touch and let us know!