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Monday Musings: International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day! Cheers to you!

In honor of this, and Women's History Month, I'm considering a few ways I can honor our role in the current socio-economic environment.

Self Care - It's been a tough year, especially for women. The impact on mothers and women during the pandemic has been incredible--shouldering responsibilities for schooling, care and the workforce. For many, jobs have been lost or changed, and family life looks very different than it did a year ago. So, take some time --today, or this month--for yourself. You deserve it!

Acknowledge the efforts of other women - Knowing that other women in your life are also experiencing challenges directly or indirectly resulting from the pandemic, don't hesitate to acknowledge that! It's always great to lift others up--at work, in your family, or in an organization in which your participate.

Listen to a Podcast - Laura Vanderkam's podcasts are written by a women for families with working parents. There are lots of great recent episodes with tips for juggling our many responsibilities. In addition, if you're looking for more about women in history, podcasts are a great source for that too! There are several episodes from quality podcasts focused entirely on the 19th Amendment.

Read a female author. Start a new book today! Nearly all of our Top Shelf book reviews are of books by women, so you can start there for a few good suggestions. This might be a form of self care, or it might be a way to expand your knowledge of a woman in history.

Art - I find art incredibly healing and inspiring in tough times. With all of the time we have spent at home, I've enjoyed both making art and supporting other artists to make my home more beautiful. Etsy is always a great place to start if you're hoping to support other women artists.

One of my final favorite ways to honor other women is to support them. Oftentimes, the best way to do this is through a financial gift--to a local women's shelter, a diaper bank or learning opportunities (universities, coding programs or community colleges). Samantha will be sharing more about giving tomorrow, so don't forget to subscribe for that post!

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