March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD). Celebrate with your children by teaching them about gender equality and strong female leaders.

By Maressa Brown
Updated March 04, 2020
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Sunday, March 8 marks International Women's Day: a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Every year, the special day is linked to a unique theme, and this year, that's #EachforEqual.

Drawn from the notion of "collective individualism," which is described on the International Women's Day site: "We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world." The campaign also encourages us to "actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements."

At Parents, we are constantly celebrating the women in our lives—our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—but International Women's Day is a opportune time to teach your children about gender equality and how to create a better-balanced world. Here are several ways to celebrate the day.

1. Use #EachforEqual on Social Media

The #EachforEqual campaign might be tied to International Women's Day, but it will run all year long. The goal: to build a gender-balanced world. The #EachforEqual message will be reinforced and amplified all year, but one main way to create a call-to-action for others is by taking a photo of yourself and/or your children doing the "hands out" #EachforEqual pose:

2. Follow Equality Leaders

There are so many incredible community leaders and female entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram and Facebook. Check these true influencers out:

Sonia Guiñansaca is self-described as "Migrant. Queer. Poet." The cultural strategist is also an author whose poetry book is called Nostalgia and Borders. Their feed is inspiring and empowering. Follow her on Instagram.

Elaine Welteroth is the former editor of Teen Vogue, which under her leadership began speaking out against gender inequality. She's also the author of More Than Enough. You won't want to miss her Instagram feed.

Rupi Kaur is a 27-year-old Indian-born Canadian poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. Her popular Instagram feed is filled with feminist, soul-fulfilling words and images.

J'nielle Williams, an admin for the Breastfeeding Support Group for Black Moms, a Facebook community of more than 62K African-American moms dedicated to supporting one another throughout the breastfeeding and postpartum experience.

Tracy Boyd, a blind mother of four children and community leader of Mommies With Guides. Tracy created a Facebook group after connecting with another blind mom and became determined to create a community where women in need of advice could connect.

Teresa Burrell created a Facebook fundraiser that raised more than $290,000 to care for the children of her niece Karisa Clemens and her husband Jim, after the family of five was involved in a fatal accident and that took the lives of the children's parents as well as their newborn.

3. Read About Female Empowerment with Your Kids

Dive into a book featuring an inspiring female lead or messages of gender equality and female empowerment. Here are a few of our favorites:

4. Watch Girl Power Movies

We bet some strong female characters are already on constant replay in your house (hi, Elsa & Moana!). Push play on these empowering movies featuring inspiring female leads.

  • Brave
  • Moana
  • Frozen
  • Inside Out
  • A Little Princess 
  • Hidden Figures
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Mulan
  • On the Basis of Sex 
  • Little Women
  • Anne of Green Gables

5. Share International Women's Day Quotes

Quotes about equality, ideally written or spoken by powerful, inspiring women, were made for International Women's Day. Whether you write them on signs, create art inspired by them, or share them on social media alongside your #EachforEqual post, weighty words are the perfect way to mark the day. Here are a few favorites to get you started:

6. Read Up on Teaching Kids About Gender Equality

Here are several can't-miss articles to teach female empowerment and gender equality to your daughters and sons:

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