Has there been a time in your life where a female friend, mentor, colleague, or family member has given you inspiration? Has that person given you the courage to face something difficult or helped you in some way that drastically changed your life? Can you picture a woman who inspired you to reach higher or to take a leap of faith. Or maybe someone who connected you to the right person to help elevate your career? 

woman in a march holding up a sign that states, "women scientists for president, congress, supreme court"
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Those women should be celebrated!

March is Women’s History month and every year on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day is celebrated. This celebration started in 1911 as a way to celebrate and bring awareness to women’s rights. Purple, green, and white are the colors that symbolize this day. Purple is for justice and dignity; green symbolizes hope; white is for purity.

This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge,” meaning that change comes from the challenges we face. 

International Women’s Day is a great reminder to show appreciation to other females who have paved the way in history and to those in your network who have directly influenced you along your journey. It is also a time to reflect on how far we have come as women and find ways to intentionally elevate each other. 

Below are a few impactful ways to help you to elevate other women. 

Say “Thank You”

Mail a hand-written thank you note to a woman or to multiple women who have inspired you. Nothing is more sincere than a handwritten note. As a bonus, expressing your gratitude toward other women who have greatly impacted your life can truly elevate them too.

Write Positive Reviews

With technology today, there are many places where you can write a review. Have you read a really touching book lately? Maybe you purchased a new product from a small business. Or what about that new coffee shop you just visited? If these are women-owned businesses, authors, etc, look them up and share a positive review. Try Amazon, Goodreads, Google, Facebook, etc.

Foster Connections & Networking

Introduce people to others in your network that might benefit from meeting each other. Be the connector for others! At The Military Mom Collective, we love sharing our talents, stories, and similarities with one another. You can join our global group here to find even more connection!

Refer Someone for a Job

This is a tremendous way to build someone up and change their life. I do have to add a disclaimer here though and say that you should do this with caution, especially if it is within a company you work for. If you know a quality person for a job, mention it to them and send their name forward. This could change someone’s life immensely. 

Be a Mentor

How can you help someone who may be in a place where you once were? Mentor them. There are formal organizations that offer ways to volunteer as mentors, or you can do this on your own. The important thing is that providing positive guidance and help to other women is a way of paying it forward to those who may have mentored you too.

Pay it Forward

This is such an easy way to elevate other women. How have you received ultimate acts of kindness from other women during your times of need? How can you pay it forward to other women? If you are unsure where to start, try here

three women standing together
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International Women’s Day is a great reminder to look around at the many amazing women who have greatly impacted our lives. However you choose to elevate other women on this International Women’s Day, don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back too. 

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Wendi Iacobello is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts in Educational Media. She also has a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. Her professional career in education spans across ten years in the public education sector to include; middle and high school special education, adult education for incarcerated men, women, & youth, compensatory education, High School Equivalency instruction formerly known as GED, community college instruction in Early Childhood Education curriculum courses, and most recently as an Instructional Design Assistant for a virtual school for at-risk high school students. Wendi has been an Army Spouse since 2015 and became a first time mom in the fall of 2019. In addition to chasing around her energetic toddler daily, she is a blogger, freelance writer, brand ambassador, and instructional design assistant. Wendi became a published author in 2020 and has been published in multiple military affiliated websites and magazines. Her hobbies include; volunteering in the local community, gardening, baking, and encouraging the military community through her blog Strength 4 Spouses.