How to Celebrate Women’s Month Like a Boss
In case you haven’t already heard, August is Women’s Month. This is a day to celebrate all the butt-kicking ladies who pioneered South Africa’s women’s movement towards freedom and equality.
During this month in 1956, nearly 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in protest against Pass Laws, which restricted the freedom of movement of women. This historic march was a turning point for women in the struggle for freedom towards being equal partners in South Africa.
This important day in our history is one not to miss. Now, you could celebrate by just watching Miss Meryl in “Iron Lady”, claiming you’re a feminist and calling it a day. Or you could actually celebrate what makes us so awesome in an empowering and uplifting way.
So here’s a list of six great ways to celebrate Women’s Month this August.
1. Celebrate the women in your life
Which women have made a difference in your life?
This is the time to show your appreciation and gratitude towards those women that continue to build you up. Thank your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher, wife, and daughter – all the women who have had a hand in your life.
2. Treat yourself to a day of pampering
In need of a little luxury?
However, as relaxing as a spa day is, pampering doesn’t necessarily have to be a manicure or massage. Blast some tunes and take the scenic route on a drive along any pretty roads near your home. Or pour yourself a glass of wine and listen to your favourite John Mayer CD. Bliss…
3. Give to causes that uplift women
Have some free time on your hands?
Do some research into causes or events that aim to empower women and offer to volunteer during your free time. Put your awesomeness to work and get involved. You’ll be surprised at the amount of worthy organisations and charities right in your own backyard.
Have some money left over at the end of month?
Find a cause that matters to you and donate whatever you can. Every cent helps.
4. Read a biography about an awesome woman
When last did you get your reading on?
A great way to embrace Women’s Month is to immerse yourself in the lives of great women who have achieved great things in social, political, artistic and economic fields.
A good place to start is Hillary Clinton’s fascinating and insightful autobiography “Hard Choices”. If you’re more into adventure, the biography “Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations” (now a film starring Nicole Kidman), written by Georgina Howell, is a must-read. If you’re looking for a lighter read, Amy Schumer’s “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” will have you giggling like a little girl.
5. Watch a chick(s rock) flick
What makes a warrior woman movie character so inspiring?
Her total gumption. Her courage and resourcefulness to stand tall, no matter the circumstances. So grab your girlfriends and your favourite, inspiring girl power film for an evening of laughs and cries as you remind yourselves why us women are so fierce. Our top choices have to be:
- “Legally Blonde” – a story that personifies the idea that looks can be deceiving.
- “Erin Brockovich” – watch butt-kicking Erin take down a major gas company in a class action lawsuit, despite her lack of education.
- “A League of Their Own” – this movie focusses on the pure grit and raw emotions surrounding the accomplishments of ordinary women in an extraordinary baseball team.
- “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” – a story to remind us the power friendship holds to overcome life’s obstacles.
6. Work up a sweat
Time to hit the gym?
Exercise fosters a sense of self-worth and makes you feel strong and powerful – like you can conquer the world. Go for a Sunday cycle, take a walk along the beach, stretch before you start your day, or dance around your bedroom to your favourite jam. All these exercises will release endorphins, which are powerful chemicals in your brain that energise your spirits and make you feel good.
If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, try a Saturday morning 5km Park Run at a venue near you. We love Eden on The Bay’s gorgeous run along the beach.
We realise that Women’s Month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop celebrating our awesomeness. We need to educate ourselves, donate, go to the spa, take walks, read, cry over Erin Brockovich and fit in a workout or two, no matter whether it’s August or not. But you don’t need us to tell you that. You’re your own boss.