If you’re anything like me, as soon as you heard the news that there was gonna be ‘A Day Without a Woman’ strike, you were:
A. Excited for a guilt free day off.
B. Wondering how you were gonna get everything done beforehand - I mean who takes a day off without planning, am I right?!?!
C. Wondering what the hell you’re gonna do with yourself today ...no work of any kind??? Shoot, there goes catching up on laundry (she says to herself sarcastically)… hmmm… what to do, what to do…
D. Your mind went straight from a) to b) to c) in 3 seconds flat…like mine did.
In preparation lol, for today, I thought of a few things we ladies can do to show our solidarity for ‘A Day Without a Woman’, and to honor the women in our lives.
1. There’s power in numbers, so even if you can’t get out and protest today an easy way to show solidarity is by wearing red. Not leaving the house? Post a selfie and include the hashtag: #DayWithoutAWoman
2. Have little ones at home? As working moms we sacrifice a lot of precious time with our kids, today is a great opportunity to “make memories” as my mother would say!
Take a few minutes to sit down with your little ones and talk to them about today – in whatever language they can understand. Read books together that value the intrinsic qualities of a woman (remind them how important mommy, grandma, and aunty are, even teachers, their doctor, etc.). Why not ask them if they’d like to call grandma and tell her why they love her! Or write a Thank You card, or color a picture for their favorite lady or ladies.
3. Write a Thank You letter, or send an email to your own mother, sister, best friend, or business partner. Let ‘em know they are appreciated (in my Tupac voice).
4. Last year, Nia Phillip, creator of Creative Smart Girl created the “I See You Challenge” for The Collaboration Hub. The idea is to reach out to other women you hope to collaborate with in the future just to let them know ‘I SEE YOU!’ Nia recommends sending a few words of congratulations on the work they’re doing and a few words of encouragement to keep going. She’s even provided us with a few sample e-mail messages to get us started!
“We all get tons of e-mails each week asking us for our time, attention, and money. Receiving messages of encouragement is rare! Let’s change that and lay the foundation for strong collaborative relationships!” - Nia
5. Raise awareness/spread the word, but be careful not to make “work” of it. Share inspirational quotes, show some love to your favorite women owned businesses, organizers, organizations, authors, podcasts, etc.
6. Take some time to reflect and to remind yourself of your own value, not just as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, entrepreneur or business owner, but as a WOMAN.
7. Connect with the women in your life. Support a local woman owned coffee shop or bakery, shop your favorite woman owned boutique, browse the bookstore for your favorite female authors. Make a day of it!
8. Finally have that Skype date with your sister or out of town friend.
9. Take that long bath you’ve been dreaming of - you’ve earned it and now you have time to take it!
10. Organize your Pinterest boards…you know you want to! Follow me, I’ll be doing the same! :)
11. Treat yo self! It’s not everyday we get to shop for the fun of it, nor do we have time to really browse, so go ahead whip that bra off… lol. Just remember to shop at small women and minority owned shops – there are plenty of them. Or, instead of shopping, take a little time to build up a list of dope women and minority owned shops that you can purchase from and support in the future.
12. Anything you want! Today is about you. You give so much of yourself every day. Today you get to be a little selfish – let that guilt go, it’s for a good cause! ;)
Looking for something to read/watch/listen to?
Here are a select few of my favorite articles, podcast episodes, audio books, and videos for women (mostly), and by women!
- What Time Are We Upon And Where Do I Belong? (Gala Darling) It’s okay. I totally ugly cried too.
- All I Wanted For Christmas Was A Boob Job… So I Got One! (Gala Darling)
- Why Am I So Fat? A man wrote to me to ask why I gained weight. Here’s my response. (Sara Benincasa)
- Reclaiming Your Health, Legacy & Purpose, with Necole Kane (Dreams in Drive)
- Talking About My Favorite Books with The ONLY Person I Trade Books With (Myleik Teele) Not nerdy, I promise!! If you even just LIKE to read, I think you’ll really enjoy this episode.
- Olori Swank on Building a Recognizable and Profitable Personal Brand (Hashtags & Stilletos)
- Diversity & Inclusion at Peers Conference (CTRL+CLICK CAST) Not too techy, I promise!! Lol Just three women having a very real, very important conversation.
- The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage (Brene’ Brown)
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Shonda Rhimes)
- Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It (Brittany Gibbons)
- The Competitive Advantages of Being Authentic (I wrote a recap of Jessica O. Matthews AfroTech Lightning Talk, but I highly recommend you watch the video if you haven’t seen it already – she’s amazing!)
- Grace and Frankie (on Netflix) – Binge Worthy!
- Lemonade, by Beyonce’ - Watch it again!