#GirlPower: How To Empower Each Other on Women’s Equality Day 2022

Man! I feel like a woman! 

Women’s Equality Day 2022 is approaching on 26th August, and we are SO ready for the girl power vibes. The question of how to empower each other and celebrate women’s equality, independence, confidence and strength is what we’re going to set out to answer within this blog.  

Keep reading gals, we’re here to celebrate this national day and inspire each other. After all, women are amazing, and this day is super important!  

Womens Equality Day

History Of Women’s Equality Day 

It is only right that we mention the history of Women’s Equality Day first and foremost. Women’s Equality Day takes place annually since it was first celebrated in 1971, the date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed women the right to vote in 1920. 

Although, it wasn’t until 1973 Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States formally recognized August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.  

Despite finding its roots in the USA, Women’s Equality Day can still be celebrated within the UK, or wherever you are! We believe that this day should be an official national day globally to show solidarity and support towards women.  

Womens suffragettes

Why Is Women’s Equality Day Important? 

Women’s Equality Day is special as it focuses on feminism and reminds us of the importance of gender equality, and how women have faced discrimination throughout history and still do to this day, simply for belonging to a gender minority. 

It reminds us of the violence and hard work women have had to overcome which has led to the progress in women’s rights that we have in many countries today, although in many places this still isn’t the case.  

On this day, we recognise the journey women have been on and the issues we still continue to face. Such as gender pay gaps, abortion rights, equal opportunities, gender-based violence, and gender-based discrimination.  

This year’s Women’s Equality Day is even more important and significant. With the recent case of the Supreme Court overturning abortion rights for women in the case of Roe v Wade. Which has effectively ended the constitutional right to get an abortion for millions of American women.  

Unfortunately, this ruling significantly impacts women’s rights and achieves the opposite of female empowerment. So, if you are wondering whether Women’s Equality Day 2022 is important, hell yeah it is!  

Women's Equality Day

The Rise Of #GirlPower  

The #GirlPower slogan has its origins from The Spice Girls song ‘Girl Power’ which had a huge impact not just on the music industry and pop culture but also feminism too.  

It was released during a time in the 1990s where feminism was an unpopular concept and sexism towards women was the ‘norm’. The all-girl band influenced a generation of women, empowering them to celebrate their gender and empower one another with their lyrics “If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends”.  

Spice Girls

Now, ‘Girl Power’ is a recognised slogan that encourages and celebrates women’s empowerment, independence, confidence and strength. In recent months, girl power has become a focus within the feminist community and has become a social media trend, with the hashtag #girlpower being especially popular on TikTok with 12.1B views.  

Gen Z have introduced a new wave of feminism and are using social media to empower one another creating women focused content, and we absolutely LOVE it. Who runs the world? Girls! 

One TikTok user @rebeccadownie2 posted a viral #girlpower video in which she focuses on a time where she challenged sexist comments within education.  

Another video focused on #girlpower is by user @advicebutterfly where she has created a video montage showcasing powerful photos of women protesting that give her chills, and she’s not the only one!  

The videos under this hashtag positively impacts the global community and empowers women. With content focusing on women who make history, women who challenge inequalities, women who say no to sexism, women who fight for social, economic, cultural and political change or women who celebrate being women.  

Women supporting women is what we live for, these posts on platforms like TikTok provide a safe and empowering space for women across the globe to share videos and connect, unify and celebrate.  

Come together on Women’s Equality Day 2022 whether it’s interacting with women content creators on social media or getting together and celebrating women in person. Find out how you can empower each other in our next section. Don’t stop here girlies! 

#GirlPower

How To Empower Each Other  

These suggestions are not only ways we as woman can empower each other, but also ways in which men can help empower us and fight against gender equality, discrimination and injustice.  

Encourage Other Women 

Women’s rights have come a long way, but there are still ways in which women are not yet equal to men and don’t receive the same treatment as those of the opposite gender. So, it’s no doubt that it can be hard for women to feel strong, when they’re constantly fighting a battle for gender equality.  

Whether it’s in the workplace or within education or any other part of society, it’s important to encourage women to seek out new opportunities and pursue their hopes and dreams. Celebrate the accomplishments of other women and don’t compare yourself to others. 

No matter how a woman expresses herself or if she fits outside of traditional gender norms, make sure to celebrate every woman and their uniqueness. Complement other women as we all need a boost sometimes! 

Encourage women

Share Your Story With Others 

Representation matters and we as women should use the powerful tool that is storytelling to inspire others to do the same and show women that they aren’t alone. Whether your story is about inequality at home, at work, in education, in politics or in any other aspect of everyday life, share your experiences with others to take a stand against inequality and celebrate feminism. 

It’s especially important for the younger generation to grow up hearing stories from powerful women and understand that discrimination in any way against women won’t be tolerated and isn’t okay. If your story can impact at least one person, it’s worth sharing, right?! 

Share your story

Ensure Every Voice Is Heard 

As women we need to help each other and ensure that every voice is heard. When you encounter discrimination towards women whether it be sexist remarks made on social-media or in person, call it out and don’t let it slide.  

Some women may not be as vocal or as able to stand up for themselves, if you do notice gender discrimination or abuse, do something about, if you feel able to.  

Women's voices

Give Love To The Women In Your Life  

Empower the women in your life and celebrate those who have made us the women that we are whether it be your mum, your nan, your sister, your friends or your teachers. Uplift women and tell them how much they mean to you and spend time with them. You can even dedicate an Instagram post or TikTok video to the women who you hold close to your heart. 

This journey is something all women go on with most women experiencing gender-discrimination in one way or another in their lives. Give appreciation to those beautiful, strong and important women that you know this Women’s Equality Day.  

Women coming together

Most importantly, give love to yourself as a woman, be proud of who you are and your gender!  

Here are some charities and resources you can make use of if you want to find out more about or get involved with female empowerment and promote diversity, equality and justice for all women: 

  • Being Woman – A charity which aims to empower women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination in society.  
  • The Fawcett Society – UK’s leading charity which campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in everyday life.  
  • Womens AidUK based charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. 

That’s it from us for now. We hope you’re feeling ready for Women’s Equality Day 2022 and know how you can empower each other on this year’s special day. Have the best time however you’re celebrating and make sue to use the #WomensEqualityDay on social media to honour this important day. 

Another important national day is coming up on July 30th: International Friendship Day. Read our blog on the best TV shows about friendship to add to your watchlist.  

Here at Homes for Students we promote equality and diversity, ensuring all students are happy is at the forefront of our work. View our range of student accommodation properties to make your student living experience is the best it can be.  

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