International Women's Day, observed annually on March 8, is a global commemorative event celebrating the movement for women's rights, and aims to support the social, economic, cultural, and political gains women have made while noting how much farther women have to go. There are a number of ways to observe the event this year, and one very small, but still somewhat meaningful, way is to add a temporary International Women's Day profile pic on Facebook.
Changing a Facebook profile picture isn't exactly a substitute for more active action, like attending a rally, or contacting elected officials, or, most importantly, voting in local elections as well as national ones. And with the Trump Administration and the GOP in charge, active political action is essential when it comes to trying to protect women's rights, which include pay parity and other issues, but is particularly felt when it comes to women's reproductive rights. Just last week, Vice President Mike Pence declared that he believes abortion will end "in our time," and states like Mississippi are already attempting to ban abortion at as few as 15 weeks. Some ways to protect women's reproductive rights is to donate to organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, as well as directly to local abortion clinics and healthcare facilities; you can also contact your local Congressional representative or Senator (repeatedly!) to protest any proposed bills that would impede women's rights.
Still, changing your Facebook profile photo is a good way to remind others to take action, and since it's not a particularly time-consuming activity, it's worthwhile in tandem with more aggressive tactics. Here's how to change your Facebook profile pic for International Women’s Day 2018.