Happy International Women’s [Weekend], the brief, annual recognition of an entire gender that definitely compensates for the centuries of oppression and objectification. It’s a time for coffee brands to introduce specialty femme-empowering drinks, corporations to offer special femme-empowering deals and celebrities to advance their hyper-feminist image on social media.
And, honestly, we welcome it. Online wokeness is often so evocative we do feel more empowered as a result, and International Women’s Day is rife with those expressing their love and respect for females—albeit, self-promotionally—via a series of posts. There were many tear-jerkers uploaded to the net this year by your favorite celebrities, but only few that could be branded truly ‘woke.’ Let us review.
we made this for the dwt and you’ve been asking for it since 🖤 happy international women’s day every day to women of every color, shape, size, sexuality, age, religion, trans, cis, and all who identify ! u are everything and i’m proud of u everyday. female by @HANNAHLUXDAVIS 🌫 pic.twitter.com/pQkNiPSU3d
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 8, 2019
Ariana Grande recently became the most-followed person on Instagram (beating out Selena Gomez by just one million), so you can bet she was always going to deliver the goods. Her tweet, which she paired a video of her in aerobics wear superimposed with the words “empowered” and “strong,” was both inclusive and bang-on brand.
On International Women’s Day, I’m reflecting on the future we all want for our daughters: one where they can live out their aspirations without limits. And I’m celebrating some of the women who are building that future for all of us today.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 8, 2019
Would we expect anything less from Barack than pure, unadulterated wokeness?
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💗 HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – WHICH IS EVERY SINGLE DAY ANYWAYSSS. 💗 HERES ME IN MY HAPPY PLACE LOOKING #FLAWLESS🤘 TO EVERY SINGLE HUMAN WHO IDENTIFIES AS FEMALE THIS DAY IS FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE AND LOVE YOURSELVES AND SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW FEMALES. 💕 THERE ARE SO MANY INSPIRING WOMEN IN MY LIFE, TOO MANY TO SHOUT OUT IN ONE CAPTION, BUT IN PARTICULAR A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO THESE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME MOST: MY MUM, ⭐ MY BEST FRIEND @KVROWLEY, 💜 @NOONIEBAO, 🌈@DANIELLEKAHLANI, 💕@NICOLEKAHLANI, ⚔ @EMMIESHOUSE, ⚡️ EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY FEMALE COLLABORATORS WHOM I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF CREATING MUSIC WITH WHETHER THAT BE ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, ENGINEERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, CREATIVE DIRECTORS OR MORE. 💗 EVERY SINGLE TRANS WOMAN IN THE WORLD. ⚡ EVERY FEMALE ANGEL. OH AND @BRITNEYSPEARS. I LOVE YOU AND THIS DAY IS FOR US. 💗 COMMENT BELOW WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST AND SPREAD THAT FUCKING LOVEEEEE 🌈⭐
Personalized shoutouts often oversaturate IWD content, but when coupled with rallying cries to to uplift the cis and trans women in your life and beyond, they can make for an important, relatable post. Charli XCX did well.
.@momgerm! I celebrate and honor her for #InternationalWomensDay (and every day) for helping me lead @BTWFoundation to create a movement to increase awareness around mental wellness and decrease stigma through programs like #teenMHFA 💝 Who do YOU celebrate? #SheInspiresMe https://t.co/BstS49NVCS
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 8, 2019
And on that note, Gaga using her platform send love to her mom and their mental wellness mission is a job well done.
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🆘 With the awareness generated by #metoo, there is an increased demand for support services as more people are emboldened to name what happened to them.❣️Rape Crisis Centres❣️offer much-needed support to people who have been assaulted across England and Wales (@rapecrisisew), but demand way outstrips supply.❗️This time last year, there were 6,355 survivors on Rape Crisis waiting lists and these can be as long as 14 months.‼️ This means that if a survivor calls to look for support they may be turned away… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⌛️💷 Successive UK governments have failed to fund life-saving services. There are just 44 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. 🎯 But the Istanbul Convention (which our Government will soon ratify) sets out a minimum provision of support for victims of rape which would require that there be 150 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. 🚨 It’s simply unacceptable that a country like mine falls so far short of the minimum standards set across Europe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📋❤️✍🏻 So on #IWD2019, I encourage you to sign Fern’s petition 👆🏻LINK IN BIO👆🏻and demand that Theresa May guarantees sustained 💰 funding for rape crisis support services, 💌 so the survivors of sexual violence can access the support they need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔗📋✍🏻 tinyurl.com/FernsPetition ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💪🏻👩🏼 These are the words of 25-year-old Fern Champion, who was raped in 2016 and has launched a petition 💌 asking the Prime Minister to ensure that specialist rape counselling support is always available for everyone who seeks it: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤲🏻 💔 “By not adequately funding support services this Government is telling survivors that their recovery does not matter and by extension that they do not matter. When you have been raped, the vital, life-saving counselling should just be there when you need it.” 🙌🏻❤️👏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☎️ RAPE CRISIS NATIONAL HELPLINE: 0808 802 9999 (rapecrisis.org.uk)
Drawing attention to a cause is the ideal way to acknowledge IWD, and no one does it better than OG fourth-wave feminist Emma Watson, who used her Instagram as a call-to-action to the UK’s rape crisis.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Thankful for all the beautiful work women are doing, especially these days ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 8, 2019
Not that woke, but hey, it’s Mark Ruffalo.