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
Updated February 23, 2021
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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 #ChooseToChallenge.

As described on the International Women's Day site: "A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions—all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world."

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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 #ChooseToChallenge on Social Media

The #ChooseToChallenge campaign has an inspiring goal: to build an inclusive world. One main way to create a call-to-action for others is by taking a photo of yourself and/or your children doing the #ChooseToChallenge pose: holding up your arm with your hand high. Don't forget to use the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021 to be potentially shared on the official International Women's Day website and social media feeds! Find more information here.

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—self-described as "Migrant. Poet. Culture Strategist"—is an author whose poetry book is called Nostalgia and Borders. Their Instagram feed is inspiring and empowering.

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 28-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 is an admin for the Breastfeeding Support Group for Black Moms, a Facebook community of more than 100K African-American moms dedicated to supporting one another throughout the breastfeeding and postpartum experience.

Tracy Boyd is 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.

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 and 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 #ChooseToChallenge 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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