Fun and Meaningful Activities for International Women’s Day with Your Family

Interview grandmothers, aunts, or older sisters, and create a collage or family tree featuring these inspiring women.
A girl using megaphone to advocate for IWD. A girl using megaphone to advocate for IWD.
International Women's Day
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International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8th, is a global moment to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. 

It’s also a day to raise awareness about gender equality and advocate for a world free from bias and discrimination. This year, why not make International Women’s Day special by celebrating the incredible women in your life—your family?

In this article, we’ll discuss some engaging and educational activities to create a memorable experience for everyone so stay tuned!

Learning Through Inspiration

  • History Makers: Briefly discuss the history of IWD. You can find age-appropriate resources online or in libraries. Explain how women fought for their rights throughout history, inspiring the creation of this international day of recognition. 

  • Sheroes in Your Family Tree: Research the women in your own family history who have made a significant impact. Interview grandmothers, aunts, or older sisters, and create a collage or family tree featuring these inspiring women. 

  • Global Voices: Explore the work of female artists, musicians, and authors from around the world. Listen to music by female composers, create art inspired by famous female painters, or read stories by renowned female authors. Discuss the diversity of women’s voices and experiences.

  • Word Power: Explore the theme of IWD 2024, “Embrace Equity.” Discuss the meaning of equity and how it differs from equality. Brainstorm ways to practice equity in your daily lives, ensuring fairness and opportunity for everyone.
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Empowering Activities

  • She-Roes Dance Party: Put on your favorite music and have a family dance party! Encourage everyone to dress up as their female role models. Research traditional dances from different cultures and learn them together. It’s a fun way to celebrate women’s creativity and express yourselves.

  • DIY Power Posters: Grab some art supplies and create posters celebrating the women you admire. Include quotes, images, and messages about female empowerment. Hang them up in your home as a daily reminder of the amazing women who inspire you.

  • Herstory Hunt:  Embark on a family history scavenger hunt. Interview female family members about their lives, dreams, and challenges. Compile recordings, photos, or written stories to create a unique family “Herstory” book.

  • The Power of Words:  Hold a poetry or creative writing session. Write poems or stories celebrating women, expressing gratitude for the women in your lives, or imagining a future with complete gender equality.

Celebrating Women in the Kitchen

  • Global Feast: Choose a different country each year and research the cuisine. Learn about the traditional dishes prepared by women in that culture and have a family cooking night. Enjoy your meal while discussing the cultural significance of food and the role women play in preserving traditions.

  • Grandma’s Recipe Book: Interview the women in your family about their favorite recipes. Learn the stories behind them and create a personalized recipe book filled with family favorites and memories. It’s a heartfelt way to connect with the women who have nurtured you through food.

  • Bake a Difference: Choose a cause supported by women, like a girls’ education program. Bake cookies, muffins, or cupcakes and sell them at a local event or among friends and neighbors. Donate the proceeds to a women’s empowerment organization.
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Games and Activities

  • She-said-what? Quotes Collage: Find inspiring quotes by prominent women throughout history. Create a collage using magazines, newspapers, or drawings, and display it in a prominent place in your home as a daily dose of motivation.

  • Write a Thank You Letter: Take some time to reflect on the women who have shaped your life. Write heartfelt letters expressing your gratitude for their love, support, and guidance. This is a touching way to show appreciation for the women in your family.

  • Hold a Movie Marathon: Instead of watching classic superhero movies, choose films with strong female leads. Discuss the characters’ journeys, their strengths, and the challenges they overcome. Consider films like “Wonder Woman” for older audiences or “Moana” for younger children.

Remember the Little Things

  • Breakfast in Bed: Let the women in your family sleep in while you pamper them with breakfast in bed. Prepare their favorite dishes, include flowers, and enjoy a quiet morning together.

  • Take on Chores: Lighten the load for the women in your family by taking on extra chores throughout the day. This could be cooking dinner, cleaning the house, or running errands.

  • Express Appreciation: Throughout the day, take the time to express your appreciation for the women in your family. It can be through simple gestures that make a big difference, like a hug, a compliment, or just saying “thank you.”

Conclusion on Fun and Meaningful Activities for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is more than just a single day of celebration. It’s a springboard for ongoing conversations about gender equality and a commitment to building a future where all women and girls can reach their full potential. By incorporating these activities into your family life, you’re not just celebrating the women in your own home, you’re contributing to a larger movement for positive change.

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