I’m happy to be a woman every day, but it’s always nice to dance an extra special jig on International Women’s Day, which happens to be today. Consider yourself lucky that you can’t see me dancing.
Today something very special, called the Global Mom Relay, is kicking off. Starting now through Mother’s Day, a plethora of amazing women are going to participate in a series of online conversations to share advice, stories, and inspiration about motherhood as part of the “Global Mom Relay,” a virtual relay with a goal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe. Participants in the Global Mom Relay include Jennifer Lopez and her sister Lynda, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates and Elizabeth Gore.
Here’s how it works:
- Each day, a mother, expert, celebrity, or advocate will use a blog post, video, or online interview to discuss motherhood and inspirational moms and to highlight important issues and causes. Readers and viewers will be asked to share that day’s post and to donate to the featured cause. That day’s Global Mom Relay contributor will then “pass the baton” to the next day’s relay participant. Participants lending their voice include: Lisa Belkin, Barbara Bush, Randi Zuckerberg, Dr. Harvey Karp, Reema Nanavaty, Rocky Dawuni, Ann Geddes, and Bobbie Thomas.
- Each time a person shares a relay post on Twitter, Facebook or Email, or donates $5 or more as part of the relay, a $5 donation (up to $8,000 per day or $500,000 total) will be donated by Johnson & Johnson and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to one of four innovative efforts that are helping women and children lead healthy and happy lives — Girl Up, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), and the Shot@Life campaign. Please note, just sharing with a tweet or Facebook update ensures money will be donated. What an easy way to help others!!
- The global discussion will culminate on May 8 in honor of Mother’s Day with Mom+Social, a one-day global summit held at the 92YTriBeCa in New York City. The summit will connect mothers to each other, worldwide experts, and leaders to inspire action that leverages the unique power of social media to improve the lives of families, of communities, and our world.
Of course, the Global Mom Relay isn’t the only thing happening today. There are events happening all across the world, both virtual and in person. If you write about gender equality, you can publish a page in support of International Women’s Day here. And you can join in on Twitter by using the hashtag #womensday and following @womensday.
You can also work with the great organization Heifer International and help send a girl to school, buy a share of empowerment for women around the globe, or even start a women’s self-help group in a developing country (I love that idea!!).
I hope you’ll consider doing one of these things today or in the near future, and also taking a moment to dance your own jig.