by Gina Brennan
March 08, 2023
March is Women’s History Month—a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements and impacts of women everywhere. It can also be an opportunity to celebrate female members and volunteers and the role they play in your association, industry, or profession. Here are 10 ways your association can celebrate Women’s History Month.
Do your research
One of the simplest yet most important steps to celebrating Women’s History Month begins with being properly educated on the matter. Before deciding on exactly how you hope to see your association celebrate, take the time to research Women’s History Month and the inspiration behind it. Think about the women in your association’s past and present and the impact they have on your organization’s history, profession, or industry.
Gift your employees with a treat from a women-owned business
No matter your location, there are likely women-owned businesses your association can support. Chat with colleagues to discuss food, treats, or small gifts that your employees would love, and prioritize ordering from a women-owned business.
Start a discussion forum about inspiring women
A discussion forum or thread within your organization’s community platform for members to share ideas and inspirations is an excellent way to bring unity to your membership base.
Highlight an important woman from your association’s history
A more personal touch, reflect on an impactful woman from your association’s history and share it with members. Not only will this educate people, but it creates space to recognize and appreciate all of the influential work women have done for your association, profession, or industry and continue to do today.
Feature literature written by a female author
If your association does not have a book club, Women’s History Month is the perfect time to start one. Choose literature written by a female author or a book about women’s history to spark an enriching discussion.
Listen to a podcast about women’s rights
Podcasts about women’s rights are typically hosted by women, but are a valuable resource for everyone. Take to Spotify to listen to hundreds of pro-women podcasts or produce your own episode to help educate members about your association and what it’s like to live and work as a woman in today’s society.
Donate to an organization that supports women
There is no shortage of nonprofit organizations that advocate for women. Choose an organization that your members will be passionate about and encourage donations.
Watch a movie or documentary about women
A great way to show support to women is by watching movies with female-forward leads, directors, or story lines. Pick an educational flick about an important woman in history, or dive deep into documentaries about women who have made significant impacts on society.
Create a playlist that celebrates women
Music is a universal language, so there is no better way to bring everyone together this Women’s History Month than with a shared playlist. Check out this playlist from Smithbucklin inCouncil for some inspiration.
Keep the conversation going
The best way your organization can support female members and volunteers is to keep the conversation going well beyond the month of March. Utilize these resources to continuously share with your members, and to highlight the achievements and efforts of women in your organization all throughout the year.
For more resources about Women’s History Month and ways to celebrate, go to https://www.internationalwomensday.com/.
Gina Brennan is in Corporate Marketing at Smithbucklin.