Like all good, respectable feminists, I vote, donate to charitable causes like Heifer International that directly address the plight of women in poverty around the world, make it a point to complement the little girls I know on the things they do instead of how they look. I regularly explain to my sons why certain images are offensive to women because they objectify their bodies, and try to instill in them a particular value about women as people and partners. I try to teach them about the awesome things women have done, because they already get a clear message about what men have accomplished. I support women-owned and operated businesses. I try to fret less about how I look and more about what I accomplish. I read, engage in healthy and respectful debate about issues like contraception and the work-family balance, and I ignore most of the media's attempts to influence my attitude about my value. (I mean, I won't dye my hair or get Botox injections, but I have bought some eye cream and a pair of Spanx ...)
Spill it, reader. What are you doing to celebrate and empower women in your neck of the woods? Are we gaining ground as a representative half of the world's population? Do you believe the whole conceit of a day celebrating women is outdated, silly, unnecessary or more vital than ever before?