March 8th is International Women’s Day, and many parents are looking for opportunities to celebrate women with their children. Here are three powerful ways families can embrace the day!

Support women-owned businesses

As a woman entrepreneur, I feel particularly connected with other women entrepreneurs and always make efforts to support their businesses. Especially during March, try to support restaurants owned and run by women, purchase clothing and jewelry by women makers and be sure to SPREAD the word about the amazing female-owned businesses that you know. Talk to your children about the journeys of these women and how so many have them have been challenged to raise families while simultaneously growing their businesses.

Make a donation

Is there a local women’s shelter or organization that could use your support? We know that domestic violence has risen exponentially during this pandemic – help is needed now more than ever. Volunteering for an organization with your children can be a powerful and meaningful experience for families!

Take your children to an IWD event

I have always taken my children to these types of important events. And while most will probably be going virtual this year, it actually makes it even easier for you to attend as a family! Gather your children around the laptop and listen to the amazing speakers and inspiring female leaders.

International Women’s Day is a great time for families to pause, reflect, celebrate and honor the contributions of women in history and today. It is also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. Let’s inspire and encourage our our children to be a part of the solution.


Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless awards. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. As a blogger and writer, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an active volunteer and engaged community leader, who is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, poverty alleviation and social justice.

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