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Getting ready for International Women’s Day 2017

Every year when International Women’s Day rolls around, I always say I want to write something to mark it, and I never do. Sometimes I just don’t make the time in the days coming up to it, other times I hit a creative block, and others I don’t even realise the day was happening until it’s already arrived. This year, I’m a lot more organised, a lot more energised, and I’m excited to get myself involved in any way I can!

I’m going all in for International Women’s Day this year on Wednesday 8th March, first of all with two posts this week (including this one!). Throughout the week I will also be sharing videos, articles and other bits I find interesting that relate to and celebrate women over on my Facebook page, and I will try to find lots of content to retweet on Twitter too.

In the meantime, here’s a few places to visit on the internet to get in the spirit ahead of International Women’s Day:

Celebrate female friendships with GirlCrew

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I have been a member of GirlCrew since 2015, and I would say deciding to join has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent times. GirlCrew started out of one woman’s desire to find friends to go dancing with, and it has grown into a network of thousands of women all over the world, there to support each other, lift each other up and, most importantly, hang out with each other! Looking for someone to go to a concert with? You’ll find them on GirlCrew. Have a hobby that not a lot of your friends are into, but you want to find someone who is? I would be surprised if you couldn’t find them on GirlCrew. Simply want to meet new people and make new friends? So are thousands of other people on GirlCrew. There are groups all over the world, find your local group here. A bonus point for GirlCrew: it all started in Ireland. Extra bonus: I’m actually in that picture above – that’s my head under the word ‘experiences’!

Embrace your true self with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

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I’ve been following Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for a few years now, and I think doing so has brought a lot of positivity to my daily internet browsing. The website is always showcasing the talents of different women, celebrating their achievements, and giving them a platform to share their views. Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls makes sure that women get the recognition they deserve and encourage us all to be ourselves above all else. Follow their twitter to get daily updates on Smarties around the world!

Read some articles on Shona.ie

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Another Irish website for the list, and only a recent discovery for me. This website calls itself a ‘survival kit for girls’, and they want us all to celebrate our differences. Shona.ie is full of articles written ‘by girls, for girls’, and highlights issues that are important to women in Ireland today, and there’s lots of different subjects to choose from if you’re sitting down looking for something interesting to read. It’s one I’m looking forward to visiting more often in the future!

Pledge your support on the International Women’s Day website

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Last but certainly not least, head over to the official International Women’s Day website and find out all the ways you can get involved this year! The website asks us to #BeBoldForChange, and based on what action you want to take, they can give you lots of suggestions on how you can do it. This year, I’m going to #BeBoldForChange and celebrate women’s achievement in any way I can!

There are lots of ways, big and small, that we can celebrate International Women’s Day this year. Take the opportunity and get involved!

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4 Comments

  • Reply frequent-flier

    I keep meaning to join Girl Crew, but I never find the time. It sounds amazing! Glad to hear your experience has been good.

    March 6, 2017 at 9:18 am
    • Reply byrnewithme

      Definitely worth it, and it doesn’t take long to sign up, you just need to join the Facebook group! I’ve used in in Dublin and NYC, it’s great.

      March 6, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply ovarious

    Great resources! 😊

    March 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Phil Byrne

    What a great idea and nice that you are sharing your experiences for the benefit of other women who at times find themselves without a companion to go to an event, film or whatever.

    March 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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