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31 ways to celebrate International Women's Day online

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Let's celebrate International Women's Day 2016 for the whole month of March

From SheKnows UK

International Women's Day is on March 8 but there are so many ways to celebrate the occasion online let's make it a month-long thing.

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International Women's Day dates back to 1911 when it was first observed in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Today it has become a global day of recognition and celebration, as well as a reminder of the importance of women's equality in all aspects of life in all countries of the world.

Here are 31 ways to celebrate International Women's Day online. How many will you tick off?

1. Follow the IWD Pinterest account.

2. Follow IWD on Twitter.

3. Tweet with #PledgeForParity (the theme of International Women's Day 2016).

4. Retweet posts from charities and organisations (the UN, Oxfam, Care International, Plan, etc.) who run their own campaigns for International Women's Day.

5. Write a blog post about what IWD means to you.

6. Tweet with #womensday.

7. Tweet with #WD2016.

8. Join the discussion about IWD on Linkedin.

9. Join the IWD community on Facebook.

10. Search International Women's Day events in the U.K. and decide what you'll attend.

11. Watch International Women's Day videos on YouTube.

12. Embed the #PledgeForParity widget on your own website or blog.

13. Make an online donation to your favourite women's charity.

14. Make your website or blog purple in honour of #PaintItPurple. Purple symbolises justice and dignity — two values strongly connected to women's equality.

15. Insert the IWN logo in your email signature block for the day.

16. Support a female-focused crowdfunding initiative.

17. Create your own video for International Women's Day and upload it to YouTube.

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18. Check out the Google homepage for the annual International Women's Day design. This was 2015's: 

Let's celebrate International Women's Day 2016 for the whole month of March
Image: Google

19. Watch UN Women's "One Woman," which was released to celebrate International Women's Day in 2013.

Video credit: UN Women/YouTube

20. Keep up to date with news about International Women's Day 2016.

21. Publish a page on the IWD website about your own International Women's Day efforts.

22. Watch Reuters International Women's Day slideshow.

23. Contribute to the Global International Women's Day Arts Initiative, which was set up in 2011 to celebrate the collective creative talents of women.

24. Promote your own International Women's Day event.

25. Listen to BBC Radio 3 at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 to hear music by contemporary women composers live from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.

26. Shop for a specially designed product celebrating women from Net-A-Porter, such as this beautiful 18-carat gold "Empower" bracelet designed by Jennifer Meyer.

Let's celebrate International Women's Day 2016 for the whole month of March
Image: Net-a-porter.com

27. Join the Stemettes Rise Hack for International Women's Day, a 2-day hack in London on March 4 and 5, "celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women."

28. Register for Accenture's International Women's Day event, an interactive virtual environment which opens on March 4 and features coverage of live IWD events. This year's theme is "Being Greater Than."

29. Post a #PledgeForParity selfie on Instagram.

30. Learn about women who've done amazing things in the pursuit of equal rights for women — March is also International Women's History Month. Start with civil rights activist Rosa Parks, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, iconic aviator Amelia Earhart and Clara Zetkin, the leader of the "Women's Office" for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, who campaigned tirelessly for an International Women's Day back in 1910.

31. International Women's Day is about celebrating the achievements of women past, present and future. Email the women in your life and let them know why they're special to you.

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