Happy International Women’s Day, all! Big Small Brands is unable to take today off due to previous client commitments, but it is a great reason to reflect on other ways we can honor the meaning and message of the day.
Here in our hometown of Portland, the variety of scheduled gatherings and conversations all around town have been so inspiring to see. If we could play hooky today, our day would include attending The Women’s Foundation of Oregon’s Eight That Can’t Wait talk, checking out the re-naming of the County Elections Building to honor female suffragists, stocking up on female author reads at Broadway Books, and watching the screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry at Holocene (see the Facebook event page for details), making time in between to snack and sip at the many women owned eateries and bars around town. We would also read every story in the Portland Mercury today, since they’ve dedicated the issue to all female and non-binary writers. More of this, please!
Since we can’t do all that, we’ll take inspiration from great roundups like Upworthy’s 21 Ways to Participate If You Can’t Take Off Work and Cool Mom Pick’s 11 Ways to Celebrate Long After March 8. Plus, many of the resources noted for today can have evergreen impact, regardless of your schedule and personal circumstances:
- Give What You Can. Donate time, talent, or funds to game-changing, progressive causes that support women and girls. Some local causes we recommend include The Women’s Foundation of Oregon, Girls Inc, Period, and the Women in Prison Project, to name a few. We’ll be adding to this list in a future roundup, so stay tuned.
- Engage in the Future of Our Democracy. Groups like Emerge Oregon, The Sister District Project, and Brand New Congress need our help and support today and over the year to come. Read up, pass it on, and do what you can!
- Plan for More Powerful Moments Ahead. Today is, of course, just one day of many. Start now to plan ahead for National Volunteer Week, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and more. If you have other ideas in the works, we’d love to hear about them and profile them in a future post. Get in touch anytime to share your thoughts and ideas.
- Take Time to Recognize, and Move Forward, the Women in Your World. Today we’re also reflecting on the many visionary, innovative, and envelope-pushing women who we’re proud to call clients, partners, mentors, and friends. Thank you to each and every one of you for the many ways you inspire and encourage us! Why not make a list today of a few women you know (or want to know better) who you can help get where they want to go. If you do nothing else today but reach out to pledge your support to advancing another woman’s path—and encourage others to do the same—it will certainly be a day well spent, in our book!
To the many who commit to #BeBoldForChange today… and every day!