Gini Dietrich

Let’s Change the World On International Women’s Day

By: Gini Dietrich | March 5, 2012 | 

This Thursday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

It’s not a day that’s widely celebrated in the United States (a fact we’d like to change), nor is it a Hallmark made-up holiday.

It’s a day that celebrates women and Oxfam America thinks we can do some good, if we all participate leading up to the day.

This isn’t just for women, though. It’s in celebration of women. And guys, you have moms, sisters, wives, and friends who you can celebrate.

Maybe it is your mom. Or a woman entrepreneur who has inspired you to do better work. Or your neighbor who is fighting for her life. Or your sister who always knows the right thing to say. Or your wife who manages it all, without batting an eye. Or a colleague or a boss or a former teacher.

Whomever it may be, there are two ways you can say thank you…and begin to change the world, leading up to International Women’s Day.

  1. Send an International Women’s Day eCard to a woman you know, to say thank you for all that she does. Better yet, send it to several women who’ve made the world a better place.
  2. Give the Oxfam America International Women’s Day 2012 award to a woman you think has made a difference to the world.

To give your award, just fill out the PDF file with the awardee’s name, and your name and date. You can then save it as a PDF or JPG (JPG if you want your readers to see the actual award) file. Then just publish a post to your blog, or to Facebook (make sure to tag her so she sees it), or wherever you’d like. You can even print it out and give it to her as a tangible reminder of your gratefulness.

This week I am thanking the women in my life, one at a time, by filling out the award, saving it as a JPG, uploading it to Facebook, and tagging them. I began with my mom who is my best friend, my confidant, and my mentor.

It won’t take you long. Less than five minutes a day. Together we can change the world (but don’t think you’re getting to Global Domination…that’s all mine!).

P.S. If you’d like to write your own blog post and need more information, please click here.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Good stuff, and I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks after getting the initial email. I’m right now compiling a list of the important women in my life, and boy the list is long! I’ll be writing my post on Wednesday. And good to see you giving props to Patti today. We know she’s the REAL boss over there!

    • ginidietrich

       @KenMueller She totally is the real boss. When I was in Ft. Lauderdale speaking last weekend, they asked if I’d received the check for my fee. I had to admit I had no idea. My name is just on the door. I don’t actually work here.

      •  @ginidietrich Kinda like Remington Steele, eh?

        • ginidietrich

           @KenMueller Except Remington Steele wasn’t real.

        •  @ginidietrich and you are?

        • ginidietrich

           @KenMueller Yes! I’m real. You can even pinch me.

        •  @ginidietrich Somehow I think I’d get in trouble if I tried that. You’d punch me, being a strong, independent woman, and all. (See how I brought that back around to the topic at hand??)

        •  @KenMueller well @ginidietrich is actually a dog loving yacht sailing international debutante of intrigue and mystery. She has 5 black belts (4 in social media), licensed gun toting cigar puffing, Euro Football Hooliganette. And of course the movie Fists of Fury was based on her life story!

        •  @HowieSPM  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich …..and you managed to get your jokes in. See how that works? 

  • Thank you, Gini, for doing this! I love that you gave today’s award to Patti. Seeing as how she thinks Elvis rocks, she deserves it for that alone. :p And YOU rock, my friend.

    • ginidietrich

       @Shonali Do you know, every time Patti brings up Elvis in a staff meeting, we all groan??

      •  @ginidietrich Does she start singing too?

        • ginidietrich

           @Shonali Yes! And she’s learning a new dance that she’s going to perform for all of us. We certainly can’t be accused of being all work and no play.

        •  @ginidietrich  @Shonali AND! she said we could record it and play it for everyone here in Gin and Topics. 

  • Figured you would write a post one day that I couldn’t make some joke about. I keep typing the word Lohan and Elvis but keep erasing them.
    Anyway great day great cause YAY FOR WOMEN!

    • ginidietrich

       @HowieSPM LMAO!! I have a sore throat and that made it hurt to laugh. But laugh I did!

  • Awesome idea. 

    • ginidietrich

       @Lisa Gerber Who is this?

  • R Dawson Oxfam America

    Gini, thanks so much for your piece on our International Women’s day campaign!  And you brought up a really great point, that the tools we’ve created (ecard, pdf award, printable award) are not just for women to give to women, but for men to honor women as well.  Thanks for that.  I also love that you are giving the award on FB.  My mom is the first person I’m giving one too as well!

    • ginidietrich

       @R Dawson Oxfam America And thank YOU for stopping by!

  • Would it be considered bad form to issue a blanket thank you to all the broads and dames who look so nice in their bikinis.
    Got to run now before I get hit with purses, shoes and other flying objects. 😉
    Maybe I’ll send a card to my daughter.

    • ginidietrich

       @TheJackB You should! And to your sisters!

  • Love love LOVE this Gini!!!

    • ginidietrich

       @SarahRobinson Thank you, thank you, thank you Sarah!

  • karynclimans

    @sarahrobinson We are so fortunate in North America re: Women’s Rights but so many women in the world have zero rights. Time for change!

    • SarahRobinson

      @karynclimans indeed 🙂

  • A wonderful idea indeed – and I love the sentiment behind the campaign (if it can be called such).  I’ll be sharing a few over the next several days, though I’ll likely be doing so in private.  

    • ginidietrich

       @jasonkonopinski Private probably is a good idea. I know I’m going to hurt some feelings, unintentionally, by doing only one a day for five days.

      •  @ginidietrich It just makes those five all the more meaningful, I think. Social participation in this campaign is well-intentioned, but flooding the blogosphere is always a risk with this sort of thing. Yes, I’m being curmudgeonly.  Get over it. 😉 

        • ginidietrich

           @jasonkonopinski Next thing I know you’re going to be yelling at the kids to get off your lawn.

        •  @ginidietrich I just turn the hose on ’em. 

  • Just about had a heart attack… I was so busy with switching from one office to another that I ALMOST forgot to come here, and then I saw “Let’s change the world…” headline on my phone and just about flipped. No one saves the world WITHOUT ME! Fortunately, now that I’ve read the rest of the headline and post, I feel much better. You were just giving me advanced notice of when to save the world. Thank you!

    I might even one up the other award and create my own. Then, Thursday looks like a great day to run part 2 of the Queen is King series. Just gotta find contributors and get their responses in two days.

    Thanks for continuing to be Awesome

    • ginidietrich

       @SociallyGenius Did you get the corner office already?

      • @ginidietrich coincidentally enough, I did get a corner office… Just not the one where the bank VP currently occupies 😀

        • ginidietrich

           @SociallyGenius  Who do I need to speak with about that?

  • rideboulderco

    Great idea from @spinsucks to honor the inspirational women in our lives on International Women’s Day via @lisagerber

  • Great idea! Thanks for putting this together!

    • ginidietrich

       @Collectual I can’t take all the credit… @Shonali gave me the idea.

  • ginidietrich

    @Rieva xoxo

    • Rieva

      @ginidietrich anytime

  • Do you know how happy reading this post made me? Thank you, @ginidietrich  for writing about International Women’s Day!!
    Jolkona, the nonprofit I used to work for, has launched a campaign called Give2Girls in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The best part, all donations up to $6,000 are matched. Love campaigns like these:

    • ginidietrich

       @lamiki OMG! That you so much for letting us know about Jolkona, too!

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  • Beautiful….simply beautiful….thank you for sharing this very important post!! 

    • ginidietrich

       @SocialMediaDDS And thank YOU for sharing it on FB!

  • jeffreypjacobs

    @abc123easymoney @ginidietrich @AMauiBlog @allenmireles your time to RT is greatly appreciated!

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  • lamiki

    @richcason Thanks for the RT, Rich!

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  • jeffreypjacobs

    @rtmillerstl @ginidietrich @mmangen really #Appreciate the RT, thanks!

    • mmangen

      @jeffreypjacobs Of course!

  • jennimacdonald

     @ginidietrich thanks for the post, and reminding us how important today is. I dedicated my wall today to all of the amazing women in my life and tagged each one! 

    • ginidietrich

       @jennimacdonald I saw…and thank you! I’m still bummed we didn’t get to see one another when I was in town. But I’ll just have to keep calling you a dork from afar.

  • Engage121

    Great post!

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  • Zerogrey

    by having a mimosa after work!

  • Arment Dietrich, Inc.

    Love that idea! – LG. 🙂

  • Gini Dietrich

    We should have celebrated by having the day off!

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