Listen up, my fellow feminists, because if you are looking for ways to celebrate Women's Equality Day this Aug. 26, you have come to the right place. While much of the world has yet to give women the respect and treatment they deserve, that shouldn't stop us from celebrating and appreciating the ongoing fight for equality.
Aug. 26 marks the day the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote was officially put into effect in 1920. In 1971, Congress designated Aug. 26 as Women's Equality Day. It was a good move — women are amazing, plain and simple, and it's important to let the world know just that. So how does one go about doing that? Whether you choose to use Women's Equality Day as an opportunity to register to vote, or as a chance to support feminist authors, there is something that you can do to celebrate Women's Equality Day on your own terms.
It doesn't necessarily take a protest or a trending video rant to make a difference in supporting women and equal rights. Sometimes, it just takes a text to a friend, the purchasing of a book, or even the acquiring of knowledge. The more you know, the more you can share, and the more you share, the more you can help.
1. Read a feminist book.
There are so many feminist authors, I don't even know where to begin. Whether a nonfiction feminist book interests you, a feminist fiction author, or simply a feminist book that will help you stay passionate throughout the rest of the year, there's something out there for every woman. Get to reading and get to supporting other women.
2. Register to vote.
Everyone should register to vote, but women especially. Women were only granted the right to vote in 1920, thanks to the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. Women have a voice in the way our country is being governed, and considering so many of the government's decisions will affect women, it's vitally important that we're voting.
3. Spend the afternoon watching gender equality speeches on YouTube.
If you need some ramping up, head over to YouTube and start taking in the hundreds of gender equality speeches that are available to stream online. Need a place to start? Emma Watson gave a killer gender equality speech to the United Nations in 2014. Seriously, it will give you all of the feels and then some.
4. Send out appreciation texts to women you love.
Let your fellow ladies know how much you appreciate them. Most of us already slack in the department of telling our friends how grateful we are to have them in our lives. This Aug. 26, don't be that person. Be the person that tells all of your gal pals what awesome women they really are.
5. Post something on your social media accounts.
Spreading the word about Women's Equality Day might seem like something small, but if enough of us do it, it can turn into something big. Post a quote, note, or meme reminding all of your friends and family that Aug. 26 is an important day, and even more than that, that women are important people — in fact, that they're just as important as men.