Now that we are about halfway through Women’s History Month, and having just celebrated International Women’s Day last week, have you had a moment to reflect on what being a woman or femme in 2023 really means? Though it is called Women’s History Month, this year we see it as a moment of present action. That’s why we’ve put together this list of action items to both celebrate and protect each other. We hope you get to celebrate yourself this month, too.
1. Donate to your local abortion fund
There are over 100 independent abortion funds across the country, grassroots organizations that support the needs of their communities, and now is a crucial time to show up for them. These organizations assist with funding procedures, abortion pills, transportation and lodging when travel is required, childcare, doula and emotional support, and more. You can visit the National Network of Abortion Funds to find and support your local organization.
According to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Because of colonization by foreign governments, Native women experience the highest rates of violent victimization – including domestic violence, sexual violence, sex trafficking, abductions, stalking, and murder, often by nonNative perpetrators – in the United States. Support their vision of the restoration of sovereignty and safety for Native women by setting up a regular donation.
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4. Gift a friend (or yourself!) a monthly subscription box from Feminist Book Club
You can’t go wrong with this monthly box, which includes the Feminist Book Club’s book of the month, plus 3-5 products from small woman-, queer-, or BIPOC-owned businesses and other goodies. Plus, there’s a private online community with guest lectures from experts in gender, social justice, and feminism.
Check out this curated collection of books celebrating Women’s History with so many of my favorites, including Indian-Ish by Priya Krishna, We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers and Baking by Feel by Becca Rea-Tucker aka @thefeministbaker.
6. Shop merch that gives back!
Gifting for yourself is even better when it supports a powerful cause. Shop the super cozy Ice Cream for Reproductive Justice crewneck , and 10% is donated to Sister Song, with another 10% donated to the Lilith Fund. You really can’t go wrong, because 5% of profits from the Root for Women crewneck go to Soul Fire Farm, a BIPOC- centered community farm in upstate New York committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. And of course, the signature Smash the Garlic and Patriarchy tea towel gives back 5% of proceeds to Planned Parenthood.