March 8 is International Women’s Day when the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s a day to promote women’s rights and gender equality. It’s a day to stand together to make a positive difference for women.

Wow, that’s good stuff. It’s so good, we think every day should be International Women’s Day.

As women business owners, community members, moms, wives, sisters, aunts, and daughters, we lend our own voice to this event. No joking around this week. We want to share what we feel we can all do on this day – and every day – to make life better for our sisters everywhere.

Be aware

First, let’s be informed. International Women’s Day is not a “Hallmark Holiday.” It dates back to the early 1900s when women came together women to fight for the right to vote and oppose employment sex discrimination. The theme of a women’s day continued in various forms through the years, until it became an official United Nations event in 1975.

The point is this: Long before our pink vagina hats, women have been uniting, joining forces and building strength. We are where we are today because of the generations of women before us. Celebrate them! Celebrate us.

Bring it home

Another thing we can do is to honor this broad international event right here where we live. We can take a moment to think about all the amazing women in our lives – friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, the kids’ teachers, and more. Let’s reflect on all they do, as people and as women. So often women bring each other down. But what can we do instead to empower each other and lift each other up? We’re women. Let’s be better!

Make good choices

Finally, in celebration of International Women’s Day and year-round, we can use the power of our purchasing. Every time we open our purses (like these awesome ones featured here), we can choose to spend our hard-earned and smaller-than-most-men’s paychecks on products from companies that honor and empower women.

For example, at Nixon & Co, we sell jewelry from Beljoy, whose design and production processes help create jobs for women in Haiti.

We feature the fantastic wares of Able, a company that manufactures directly in poor communities to help break the cycle of poverty.

Nixon & Co carries clothing from Half United, which fights hunger by providing seven meals to children in need with every item sold.

And we also sell Bitchstix face and body care products, which allows us as the retailer to donate a portion of their proceeds to support a domestic violence or sexual assault prevention program right here in our Castle Rock community.

Ladies, please join us in recognizing and celebrating International Women’ Day. Let March 8 and every day be our day. Know what’s going on in this world. Support our sisters. Choose wisely. Let’s be better, together.