Beauty & Fashion
9 ways to celebrate being a woman
1. Treat yourself – Listen, being a woman can be hard.
Take a day to yourself and do whatever recharges your batteries: have a reviving spa day, read
a book, take the longest bath of your life – whatever makes you happy!
2. Write a thank you note to a woman that inspires you
There is nothing more meaningful then telling someone that they’ve made an impact in your life. Writing it down in a note makes ensures that they can keep the words you with them forever. Hand-deliver the note or send it in the post and add a big ball of sunshine to their day!
3. Watch these empowering TED Talks by women.
Over the last few decades, there have been hundreds of incredible TED Talks by women. These are just a few of the powerful, controversial and stimulating talks out there.
• We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
• Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls by Leymah Gbowee.
• Colour blind or colour brave? by Mellody Hobson.
• The dangerous ways ads see women by Jean Kilbourne.
• The price of shame by Monica Lewinsky.
4. Go one day without wearing makeup
Celebrate you in all your glory; freckles, dark circles and all! Appreciate being able to rub your eyes without getting makeup everywhere. Let your skin breathe. Get your friends to do it, too! Bonus points if you post a selfie.
5. Girl power playlist
• Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
• Rise Up by Andra Day
• Video by India Arie
• Firework by Katy Perry
• Brave by Sara Bareilles
• Fight Song by Rachel Platten
• Try by Colbie Caillat
6. Read a biography about an awesome woman
A great way to embrace Women’s Month is to immerse yourself in the lives of great women who have achieved great things in social, political, artistic and economic fields. A good place to start is Hillary Clinton’s fascinating and insightful autobiography Hard Choices.
If you’re more into adventure, the biography Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of, written by Georgina Howell, is a must-read. If you’re looking for a lighter read, Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo will have you giggling like a little girl.
7. Give to a cause
Have some free time on your hands?
Do some research into causes or events that aim to empower women and offer to volunteer during your free time. Put your awesomeness to work and get involved. Have some money left over at the end of the month? Find a cause that matters to you and donate whatever you can. Every cent helps. Our local suggestions are the Cradle of Hope (011 660 4623) or the Tower of Life Women’s Shelter (082 459 5747).
8. Watch a chick flick
Our top choices have to be:
Legally Blonde, Erin Brockovich, A League of Their Own and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
9. Take an exercise class that makes you feel strong
Whether you barre or box or Zumba, grab some friends and create an afternoon of feeling fit together.
Get It Joburg West – September 2018