The Brief: We've collected the most empowering and uplifting memes to help celebrate International Women's Day on Friday, March 8th.
Hello #WCW! This Friday, March 8th, marks International Women’s Day and whether you decide to take to the streets for the celebration or keep things more low-key, the time has come to think about how you’re going to acknowledge the strong, empowered women all around you.
WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS pic.twitter.com/T8NUmj2kjx
— zoe ⧗ (@artoopio) February 2, 2017
This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter, the main idea being that by forging a more gender-balanced world, we can in turn create a better world. As we’re only days away from the global event, we decided to gather some of the best and most inspiring memes from Women’s Day’s past.
Some memes highlight female pop culture icons…
When #InternationalWomensDay has you inspired… pic.twitter.com/xEV4ab2H4K
— Southern Living (@Southern_Living) March 10, 2018
They're Working Together – #RESIST: Women’s rights DECREASE in Putin’s Russia & Trump’s U.S. https://t.co/AwRCSsUeNi via @theheraldsun pic.twitter.com/Va9oe8fXd5
— Allan Margolin (@AllanMargolin) February 18, 2017
Girls, we run this motha' #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/4P1gnLEsP5
— Riley Clemmings (@thelavcrown) March 8, 2018
While others feature male figures (because let’s not forget, men can be feminists, too).
Just a hilarious meme I stole from the Internet. Happy International Women's Day!! #IWD2016 #WomensDay #Feminism pic.twitter.com/OgsBkEvUfv
— Anna Hummel (@AnnaHummelRadio) March 8, 2016
The best #WomensDay meme I've seen so far 😅😄 pic.twitter.com/tDM28R3LNh
— $an_da_li (@Avengers_mighty) March 9, 2016
Some memes call out the patriarchy…
when your textbook that was written by four men questions the fight for women's rights. pic.twitter.com/GTXuZjhZWL
— s a r a h (@sxrxh_mxe) February 15, 2017
Spent about 15 hours stitching this feminist art meme 😂 pic.twitter.com/evK0s3R6ke
— Hanecdote 💞 (@Hanecdote) October 1, 2016
If you say "#InternationalWomensDay" in the mirror three times a guy in a Superdry tee will appear behind you and ask you when International Men's Day is
— Gina Martin (@ginamartinuk) March 5, 2019
While others focus on female empowerment, encouraging women to (sometimes literally) lift each other up.
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I illustrated the banner for this years @itsnicethat IWD takeover 👊 there’s also an interview and pictures of my process over on their site (link in bio) Today I’ll be donating to @freesafelegal – this run up to the referendum is when they need the most support to keep up momentum and get people out to vote – so have a look at what they are doing and lend your support if you can 💜#repealthe8th 💚
The GIRL POWER: YOU ARE ENOUGH Manifesto
— Terri Reid, author (@terrireid10) March 9, 2018
International Women's Day is over, but let's keep doing this… #IWD18 #BoldGirls #InternationalWomensDay #OurTimeNow pic.twitter.com/LSKoxI6v4G
— Clare Pearson (@ClarePearson_EP) March 9, 2018
Any girl anywhere: I hate my body.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 5, 2019
Perhaps some of the most inspiring memes feature hand-written/drawn signs from marches around the world…
On the day after #InternationalWomensDay and #FollowFriday – I want to thank so many women I know who #FightLikeAMother every day to #Resist terrible policies & leave the world a better place for our children!
💙💙#FF #SignOfTheTimes pic.twitter.com/XoLoL65D1G
— Gayla Schaefer (@AmericanXMom) March 9, 2018
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“When women and girls are empowered to participate fully in society, everyone benefits.” @melindafrenchgates . Happy Women’s History Month ❤️ . . . . . #Signsofthemarch 📸credit: @velimages . #womenshistorymonth #womensmarch #womenswave #protestsigns #womensrights #equalrights #intersectionalfeminism #signsofinstagram #equality #feminism #feminist #superwoman #womenempowerment #thefutureisfemale #melindagates #womensupportingwomen
And let’s not forget the quotes from and images of some of the most influential women in history.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the woman who said today's quote, "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn't be that women are the exception." #InternationalWomensDay #RJWomen pic.twitter.com/4ad7qRgwfF
— 1792 Wealth Advisors (@1792_WealthAdv) March 4, 2019
@amjoyshow @MaxineWaters @SMShow @frangeladuo
Who will make the world a better place?
It's our turn!#Persist/Resist pic.twitter.com/GKQjAW9R92
— SueSaysITMFA (@SueinRockville) February 12, 2017
#Neverthelessshepersisted #ShePersisted #persist #wepersist #letlizspeak #women pic.twitter.com/37c7oLztPd
— Jody T (@SarkaVrae) February 9, 2017
Thank you to the women we’ve missed, the women we know, and the ones we will meet. You can find a compiled list of events taking place all over the world on the International Women’s Day website.
Happy International Women’s Day!
“Who run the world? Girls.”