Happy International Women’s Day! (If you ask us, it should be every day. Always. But we’ll go with it…)

In recognition, many women will strike to amplify our voice, women will not be spending any money unless it’s at women-owned businesses (because we control 86% of consumer spending) and women will wear red as a visual representation of our power.

At Ellevate, we’re committed to action, and today is no different. We’re stepping away from our normal day to day work activities to dedicate our time towards action for gender equality. We’re contacting our representatives, we’re writing op-eds about feminism, we’re brainstorming new ways to disrupt the status quo and unite in a community that believes in equality, in working together, and in lifting each other up.

And we’re not afraid to call ourselves the new F word: FEMINISTS.

No matter what the media has portrayed, the different understandings of feminism and the changes we’ve seen happen around the world when it comes to women’s rights and equality, the fight is not over. 

Today, and during Women’s History Month, we’re doing away with all the negative noise around feminism and focusing on its true meaning, and we want to hear your voice.

Join us as we #TakeBackFeminism. Share what the word means to you, be proud of being a feminist, for making it intersectional, and for creating change for equality.

We have a great lineup of activities throughout the month for you to join us.  

  • Taking Back What it Means to be a Feminist with Jilly Badanes, Founder of Milk (webinar)
  • Screenings of She Started It in Washington DC, NYC, Cincinnati, Madison, Boulder, Los Angeles, Garden City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, and Charlotte.
  • #EllevateYourself Twitter Chat with Paola Mendoza and Carmen Perez of Women's March on Washington
  • Take Back Feminism: A conversation with Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, Carmen Perez and Paola Mendoza of the Women’s March on Washington and Jimmie Briggs of the New York City Mayor’s Gender Equity Commission, and founding executive director of Man Up Campaign. (Livestream and NYC event)

And help us spread the word. After all, there is strength in numbers and it’s time to raise our voices.

“If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.” - Coretta Scott King