8 ways to celebrate International Women's Day | MADI Apparel
I am woman, HEAR ME ROAR :).
Okay, that's pretty dramatic...but really do mean it! Hayley here, founder of MADI Apparel and president of our non-profit MADI Donations! I began laying the foundation for MADI Apparel in 2012 after learning that underwear is the most needed and under-donated item of clothing in women's organizations globally. Additionally, this statistic hit hard when my family member revealed that she's a survivor of domestic violence. Our beginnings were rooted in empowering women, through encouraging donations of this very basic intimate need. We've always been a brand that truly cares about the dignity of our women - through employment of women-owned cut and sew facilities and offering seamstress skills-training courses.
We're all about that girl power, ya hear?
Now, I'm not saying - okay ready, set, go start a business that empowers women - TODAY! But, I am saying you can do little things to encourage and empower yourself and other women around you. Why not start with International Women's Day??? We're a primarily female-run team, and I + some of our team members came up with a few ideas!
1. Surprise your co-worker with coffeeHave you been thinking about how your cubicle neighbor, boss lady or work bestie is a huge BADASS lately but haven't had the words tell her? Surprise her with her favorite coffee and a hand-written note letting her know how grateful you are for her. We all love words of affirmation!
2. Treat your lady bartender or server with a fatty tip
The service industry is NOT for the weak of hearts. Some of our gal tribe will work their butts off in this industry forever - and do an amazing job - and some are saving for a life goal. Why not show some major love and leave 30 or 40% on the tip receipt with a note telling her she rocks?
3. Take your mom or grandma on a date
These are the women who made us - literally and symbolically. They shaped us, sacrificed, put us first, taught us all the things...don't they deserve our time and attention, at the very least? Aunts, grandmas and godmothers make the perfect dates, too, if your mama isn't near.
4. Write down 20 things you love about being a woman
This is an amazing exercise to practice thankfulness and personal reflection on a regular basis, if you'd like. But, it's also a way to celebrate being a woman - even if you only do it one day a year as a rule of thumb. Notebook writing party of one, please :)!
5. Shop or eat at a woman-owned business in your city
Yes, please add us to your list! But in case you'd like more recommendations - here are a few of our faves owned by women with big hearts in the city we're headquartered, Kansas City!
Lady Bye in Brookside, Kansas City
Skin KC in Brookside, Kansas City
Hand and Land in Park Place, Leawood Kansas
Wild Way Coffee trailer
Chez Elle in Westside Kansas City
BRIDE.KC (for those looking for a dress!)
We recommend a quick google search for women-owned restaurants, gyms, shops in your city!
6. Volunteer at an organization that supports women
We would encourage doing this on a regular basis. You never know - you might make a friend and become a mentor in the process!
7. Sign up to attend a conference with female keynote speaker
The percentage of women invited to lend expertise as a keynote speaker is much lower than that of our male counterparts. Let's encourage the women in our local areas who ARE getting up on stage by signing up for these events and sitting in the front row!
8. Gather a girl squad and cheers!
Make this your first annual International Women's Day party and gather your tribe of women! Cheers to yet another year of being badass together as women!