Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve decided to make a post on two things we women can do today to celebrate this day. Of course, there is also the third option: cake, nice meal, and/or a SPA day. That’s the way I’ve celebrated before and how I plan to celebrate today too. But I want to share a couple more things that I (and maybe you if I inspire you) can do today to celebrate what women achieved.
A few days ago I went to a very special exhibition, 209 Women, an exhibition made by women about women. Right now there are 209 women in Parliament and all of them were photographed by other women. If you are in Liverpool, make sure you go and see it at Open Eye Gallery, it’s free and wonderful.
I had a look at our local museums and there are plenty more exhibitions celebrating women. Have a look, as you might find something you’d be interested in. It might be an art exhibition by a female artist.
My second idea is: read a book or buy a book. I’ve made a small selection, of 9 books, that I would recommend.
The books, from top left to bottom right, are:
1. Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty by Nancy L. Etcoff – a non-fiction book written by a Psychologist
2. Mary’s household tips & tricks by Mary Berry – non-fiction, a lovely book by the well known Mary Berry
3. Selected Poems by Aphra Behn – author from the 17th century, the first woman to make a living with her writing in Britain
4. A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara – a history book about women in science and suffrage
5. The Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish – another 17th century author, fiction
6. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – a fiction book, based on a true story
7. Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant by Tracy Borman – a history book about an amazing woman that knew how to take care of herself in very difficult situations
8. Hope in a Ballet Shoe by Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince – an autobiography written by an African orphan and her adoptive mother
9. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton – a political book about the general elections in the US.
I chose books I’ve read myself, some a couple of years ago and some more recently. Most of them have reviews on Coffee and Books or on this blog. All these books are different from one another, fiction and non-fiction, poems and novels, authors from the 17th century and books that were published last year or two years ago. What they all have in common is that all are written by women.
If you want to do something different today, to celebrate this day, buy or borrow a book from the library, written by a woman. Pick up one that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of before.
Do you celebrate International Women’s Day? If so, how? I’d love to hear your thoughts.