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March 8, 2017 Happy International Women’s Day!

What are you doing to #BeBoldForChange today? 

It’s March 8 all over again, which means it’s International Women’s Day. Which means the annual online battle between soaring feminist hope and guys whinging about being left out. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, and the official site lists a heap of things you can do to fight the good fight. Here they are, cut’n’pasted for you to read, share and act on.

#BeBoldForChange and…

  • query all-male speaking panels
  • pull people up on exclusive language
  • challenge stereotypes
  • call it out when women are excluded
  • monitor the gender pay gap
  • point out bias and highlight alternatives
  • call for diverse candidate shortlists
  • embrace inclusive leadership
  • redefine the status quo
  • educate youth about positive relationships
  • challenge those who justify perpetrators and blame victims
  • donate to groups fighting abuse
  • speak out against the silence of violence
  • be vigilant and report violence
  • campaign for the prevention of violence
  • abstain from all violence, physical and otherwise
  • volunteer your help at a local charity
  • recognise coercive control and redress it
  • decide to buy from companies that support women
  • choose to work for a progressive employer for women
  • support or back a woman-owned business
  • take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
  • build conducive, flexible work environments
  • appoint a woman to the board
  • mentor a woman and sponsor her goals
  • invite women into situations where they’re not already present or contributing
  • measure and report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
  • create new opportunities for women
  • raise women’s visibility as spokespeople in the media
  • drive fairer recognition and credit for women’s contributions
  • launch even more awards showcasing women’s success
  • hail the success of women leaders
  • applaud social, economic, cultural and political women role models
  • celebrate women’s journeys and the barriers overcome
  • reinforce and support women’s triumphs
  • launch or fund a women-focused scholarship
  • encourage more girls into STEM education and careers
  • value diversity for greater educational outcomes
  • support women inventors of new products and services
  • celebrate women researchers discovering new knowledge
  • learn to code
Shane Cubis
is a contributor to A•STAR