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Happy International Women's Day - here's what you can do to celebrate

Because human rights are women's rights.

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This past January, millions hit the streets around the world - Washington D.C., Paris, Belgrade - in support of socio-economic equality for all women.

In light of this year's IWD, the organizers behind the Women's March - Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour - have announced today to be A Day Without a Woman, a strike that runs nation-wide in hopes of showing what a day without us would be.

The official website reads: "In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice."

While the intentions of the movement are inherently good, one can argue that it is not entirely inclusive. The very same women most affected by the administration are not capable of calling out of work, for fear of retaliation in the age of Trump. There are alternate ways one can show solidarity, like wearing the strike's official color - red - and refraining from buying at any business that is not female- or minority-owned.

One must recognize on International Women's Day that, although all of us are facing the same battle as women, we do not each have the same capacity to overcome it. Today, more than any other day, recognize the oppression that trans and queer women of color face that other women do not. Recognize women of color as the powerful leaders they are for constantly fighting the good fight - empower their voices, do not drown them out with yours.

Recognize this - and we can start working together.

Today, on March 8, whether you join in on the ADWAW strike is up to you - but consider donating to Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare to millions of women who otherwise would not have access to any. Spend some time volunteering at a local women's shelter - find one here. Support the National Domestic Violence Hotline for women who have no way out. Make a difference in your local community and watch it unfold on a global scale.

If anything else, on this day remember that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.

Here are some of Popdust's most influential women to remember today:

Maya Angelou

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Frida Kahlo

Malala Yousafzai

Michelle Obama

Ida B. Wells

Viola Davis

Katherine Johnson

Billie Holiday

Laverne Cox

Marsha P. Johnson

Nina Simone

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