On International Women's Day, Let's Celebrate Our History and Look to the Future
Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and also to commit to global action to accelerate gender parity. Here are a few of the best resources, articles, and other items we've seen this International Women's Day. Leave a comment to let us know what's missing from the list and to tell us how you're taking action to support women!
- Here at ReformJudaism.org, we want to know how you try to #BeLikeEsther, standing up for what’s right. Read more, then engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share your social justice story.
- Find your b’sheret (soulmate) and do good in the process! The matchmaking app Tinder is giving $100 to the women’s charity of your choice today.
- The Washington Post is asking for stories of the women who’ve inspired you. Your submission may be used in related Washington Post coverage online, in print, or on social media.
- The British Embassy of Israel shares an infographic of female politicians who made history – including one beloved and ground-breaking Israeli woman.
- On their women’s rights page, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism shares information and action items on women’s issues. You can write to Congress to protect women’s health care.
- “How will you #BeBoldForChange”? Choose from one of their areas to “take bold action in” – including women’s education, violence against women, and more – and learn how to get involved.
- Kristina Arriaga and John Ruskay, commissioners at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, penned at op-ed for Religion News Service urging readers to empower women by standing for religious freedom.
- Fresh Ink for Teens, a website that publishes writing by Jewish teens, puts out a call for essays about accomplished Jewish women in fields such as such as law, medicine, sports, politics, and entertainment. The prize is $500.
- In an article for The Jewish Chronicle, reporter Rosa Doherty explores the question, “Could more be done to promote women into leadership roles in the community?”
- URJ 6 Points Sc-Tech Academy, a Reform Jewish summer camp for teens interested in science and technology, tweeted, “We've all studied the amazing work of Marie Curie, but have you heard of these other brilliant female scientists?” They link to this Smithsonian roundup.
- Jewish teen leader Zoe Terner shares what inspired her to start a website that encourages Jewish girls and women to share their stories. “Let’s engage each other, and let’s inspire each other,” she writes, “because we are girls.
- ELI Talks, a Jewish place for storytelling and idea incubation, shares an ever-relevant talk from Judith Rosenbaum, executive director of the Jewish Women's Archives, called “Redefining ‘A Woman of Consequence’: Jewish Women and Communal Memory.”
- PJ Library compiles a list of four awesome Jewish books to read with your tween on International Women’s Day and beyond.