How to Support Women on International Women’s Day

You want to support the women in your life on International Women’s Day and all the other days too? Really support them? Give them a break. A literal one, a metaphorical one; it doesn’t matter. Just give them a break.

Give them the benefit of the doubt. Allow them to put down their burdens just for a little while. Your friend’s/sister’s/mom’s/kid’s classmate’s mom’s/boss’s/coworker’s baggage and concerns might look different, but they’re still weighing heavy on her. When they tell you it’s ok, listen to their voices. When they tell you they’re doing as well as can be expected, just handling it day-by-day like everyone else, look in their eyes. Let’s be better to one another.

If you want proof that women need a break, look at the numbers. We all know that in December 2020, in the United States, 100% of the job losses were women leaving the workforce. Did you also know that one in four women is considering either slowing down their careers or leaving the workforce altogether? [1]

If you love women, and want to support women everywhere, just give them a break. Don’t make them shout it from the rooftops or scold you or even tell you to Google it your damn self. Just give them a break from the expectation that they be all and do all for everyone.

[1] CNBC, Women are leaving the workforce in record numbers, crisis due to burnout.


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