MARCH 8-14, 2020
Women Helping Women Week is a week-long public awareness campaign to uplift, recognize, support and celebrate fellow women in our community from all walks of life.
The women of our community are the future of Spokane, with the potential to achieve the highest levels of education, thrive in their careers, set and reach their goals, and empower future generations to continue these legacies. For this reason, Women Helping Women Fund has partnered with the City of Spokane to proclaim March 8-14 “Women Helping Women Week”. Please join us in celebrating women in our community!
Kick Things off with IWD
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day (March 8) celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key. To learn more, visit the International Women's Day website.
WHAT'S THE PLAN?
- A proclamation reading by Mayor Woodward at the Spokane City Council Meeting on Monday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. A local Girl Scout troop will be presenting the flag.
- The runner statues will be decorated on the morning of Tuesday, March 10 and will be featured in social media throughout the week.
- Women Helping Women Fund will post daily topics and questions on our social media pages.
- Internationally, purple is a color symbolizing women. To go along with the Women Helping Women Week theme:
- Downtown buildings will be lit purple March 8-13
- The Pavilion blades will be purple on Thursday, March 12
Encourage women to share
- Share your Women Helping Women Week story and make sure to use #WHWWSpokane, #OurGirlSpokane, and tag @WHWFSpokane
- Join the conversation on social media! Here are the daily questions:
- Tuesday: What words of encouragement would you share with women who could use a boost today?
- Wednesday: Is there a woman who helped you get where you are today and how did she help you?
- Thursday: Who is the most influential woman you know and how does she inspire you?
- Friday: Keep an eye out on social for a live poll!
- Saturday: Do you have a great story to share about how you helped women in our community this week?
Help Women in our community
Here are some ideas:
- Offer an Encouraging Word: Empowered women empower women—so encourage the women around you. Help them to know that they are important and valued. We all need a little boost sometimes.
- Spread the Wealth: Donate your time, money or gently used goods to organizations that empower disadvantaged women. To donate to Women Helping Women Fund, click here.
- Shut Down Negativity: Lift women up by taking a stance against negative comments online, at the office, in school, and wherever you go. Instead, add positivity and support when those situations arise. Don’t be afraid to shut down negativity directly and honestly.
- Share Your Story: Fellow women need to hear from you! Your story has the potential to impact change, help other women feel less alone, or lead to better understanding of women's issues.
- Advocate for Female Colleagues: Women must work together to empower one another in the workplace. Work as a positive and powerful team, and you’ll make things move. Remember to also lift other women up as you climb in your own career. For example, make an introduction, share a useful resource, post a recommendation on LinkedIn, or share a few words of praise in the presence of a decision maker.
- Lend Moms a Helping Hand: Whether it’s offering maximum maternity or paternity leave at your company, or offering to donate babysitting services to a mom you know, helping a new mom adjust is a great way to empower moms and their little ones.
- Become a Mentor: Whether you find a mentorship program in your community or focus on inspiring your friends and sisters, being a mentor is a great way to inspire young women. Gather a group of gals and encourage them to participate in an empowerment activity.
- Spread the Positivity: Say thank you, give and accept compliments, and help out the women around you. Show the women in your life how much you appreciate them by sending a thank you card, giving them a compliment, or simply telling them what they mean to you.
- See even more ideas below related to our "Changing Our Forecast: State of Women and Children in Spokane County" report. To read the full report, click here.
Changing Our Forecast: State of Women and Children in Spokane County
DAILY TOPICS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPACT CHANGE