For more than one hundred years, this day has celebrated the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women… so we think it’s a pretty important day!

Here are a few ideas from the Milligram team on how to commemorate it.

1. Make the Pledge for Parity

In 2015, the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicted it would take until 2133 to achieve global gender parity. This year, the organisers of IWD are asking supporters to #PledgeForParity to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly; whether to help girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, end workplace bias or develop a more inclusive culture.

2. Learn about, and support, organisations that in turn support women’s development

Many groups do important work in Australia, but also internationally, where so much support is still needed. Like the UNWomen, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, ‘Because I’m a Girl’ program of Plan International or the Australian-based International Women’s Development Agency that stands up for women and girls by tackling issues of power, money and security.

3. Make a conscious decision to buy from female-led businesses or female-led brands

Some great Australian businesses were started by—and are still run by—inspiring women, like: Boost Juice, Thank You, Mecca Cosmetica, Magie Beer, Lorna Jane, Fernwood and Carman’s Fine Foods. Some of our most awesome Milligram brands are also led by creative and passionate women: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. (interview with Anna on this blog), Kyung Hwa Jang from Seeso Graphics, Sabrina & Eunice of Hello!Lucky and Katie Leamon. Even our most popular brand, Moleskine, was co-founded by an impressive and visionary business woman: Maria Sebregondi.

4. Call your mum, aunt or grandma to say thank you for helping blaze the trial

In Australia, we’re only a few generations into women having the right to vote, let alone access to the education and opportunities that many of us enjoy today. It didn’t happen by accident! So take the time to acknowledge the struggle and effort of the ladies who came before us – and ensure we’re also conscious of our role in supporting future women to have equal opportunities.

5. Plan to spend some time in female-focused creative development

There are many fantastic female-centric events you could get involved in this year, like; Make Nice – An Un-Conference for Creative Women, the Seven Sister Festival, All About Women at the Sydney Opera House, the Rose Scott Women’s Writers Festival or perhaps plan to get inspired at a Business Chicks event.