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

By Melissa Bykofsky
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Friday, March 8 marks International Women's Day; a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Here at Parents, we are constantly celebrating the women in our lives—our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—but International Women's Day is a great 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. Follow female leaders on Facebook

There are so many incredible community leaders and female entrepreneurs to follow on Facebook. In 2019, Facebook is honoring the following amazing ladies (among others): 

  • 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.

2. Use #BalanceforBetter on social media

This year's International Women's Day theme is Balance for Better, and the social media campaign runs all year long. The goal: to build a gender-balanced world. 

These are great articles on how to teach female empowerment and gender equality to your daughters and sons: 

3. Read about female empowerment with your kids

There are lots of great books available with inspiring female leads or messages of gender equality and female empowerment. Here are a few of our favorites:

"She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World" by Chelsea Clinton

"A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World" by Eva Chen

"Baby Feminists" by Libby Babbott-Klein

"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel Ignotofsky 

"Superheroes Are Everywhere" by Kamala Harris

"Mae Among the Stars" by Roda Ahmed 

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 great movies: 




Inside Out

A Little Princess 

Hidden Figures

He Named Me Malala



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