Get ready for some serious femspiration! Stars took to social media in an empowering show of support for International Women’s Day (IWD) — from honoring the women who’ve personally motivated them or made their lives better to championing for gender equality stars spent their International Women’s Day lifting women up.
According to the official IWD website, this global day exists to celebrate the “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.” At the same time, it serves as a call to action — by raising awareness about issues women still face, the hope is that we can work to close the gap in gender equality. Although not officially recognized until 1911, IWD dates back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The day has since grown in status to include everything from marches and rallies to parades and performances. These are taking place around the globe and, yep, that includes a strong Hollywood presence.
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Here are some of the ways your favorite celebs (women and men) celebrated International Women’s Day. To all of the incredible women who came before us, those who’ll come after us and those who walk among us — here’s to you.
Supermodel Kate Upton shared two photos showing some of the most special ladies in her life: her daughter, Genevieve, and her mom and sisters. She captioned the pics with an iconic quote: “Here’s to the strong women. May we know them. May be them. May we raise them.”
Shania Twain wished fans and followers a happy International Women’s Day using a few words from her famous hit “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” In a short video, the country music legend traced, “Let’s go girls” into the sand of some sunny beach.
In honor of International Women’s Day, the Duchess of Sussex shared a stirring speech she made at Robert Clark School in Dagenham, England, on Friday. In addition to touching on important issues like gender equality, Meghan also took time to speak to young female students (who were clearly overjoyed to meet one of their she-roes).
In a series of sweet photos, Gisele Bündchen captured how much women mean in her own life. “Much gratitude and respect for all the women who paved the way, so we could be here today working, voting and having a voice. Through their strength, courage and love they continue transforming the world and making it a better place for the next generations to come,” she captioned the pictures, adding. “Today and every day, I celebrate women. Let’s support and lift each other up! We are stronger when we are together.”
ICYMI, Lauren Conrad and friend Hannah Skvarla co-founded The Little Market in 2012, a non-profit fair trade shop featuring ethically sourced, artisan-made products. Founded by women to empower women, it encourages more conscientious consumerism. So, it’s only fitting that Conrad and Skvarla hosted their Third Annual International Women’s Day Event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in California over the weekend.
In honor of International Women’s Day, I changed out my @AppleMusic playlist to songs I’m loving right now by female artists and bands. 💕 Let’s all celebrate together by honoring the women in our lives and the women out there pushing things forward 😘 https://t.co/YSUOgCUqIa
Swifties are getting a major dose of female empowerment today! For her IWD tribute, Taylor Swift filled her Apple Music playlist entirely to songs she’s “loving right now” by female artists and brands. “Let’s all celebrate together by honoring the women in our lives and the women out there pushing things forward,” she tweeted.
“I’m so lucky to be surrounded by amazing and strong women as we celebrate International Women’s Day,” David Beckham captioned a series of super-sweet photos showing his wife Victoria Beckham, their daughter Harper and his mom.
For Rita Ora, International Women’s Day was an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of so many women in her life — and to honor those contributions. After admitting how conflicted she’s felt over the years in becoming a confident, successful woman, she nodded to the females who helped her get to where she is now.
“I can only imagine decisions made by women, mothers, sisters, aunties, women CEO’s, grandmothers, godmothers, godsisters, foster mothers, foster sisters, any role any woman takes on in life! So today I stand for all of you who are proud of who you are, what you’ve done in your past, present and future!” she said, adding, “Here’s to creating your own legacy. Here’s to us.”
When you’re blessed with a “fierce woman” for a daughter, you want to shout it out from the rooftops every day. Kelly Ripa did just that on IWD, sharing three stunning photos of her 18-year-old, Lola Consuelos. The Live with Kelly and Ryan host also gave a shout-out to “all my sisters around the world.”
Big Little Lies star Laura Dern shared a video she took part in for Pomellato jewelry’s Pomellato for Women sisterhood initiative — a communication platform of like-minded women from varied backgrounds, ages, disciplines and more meant to inspire with positive examples of female leadership. “We all have the power to change the future,” Dern captioned her post.
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil took to Instagram on Sunday to encourage women to become more body-neutral. “This International Women’s Day, if you do not have a medical condition that requires you to monitor your weight, please THROW OUT YOUR SCALE,” the Good Place star said. “Do not be imprisoned by numbers that dictate your mood and worth for the day every morning. Your value cannot be measured on a scale.”
You can always count on Alicia Keys to spread love and light, right? The singer took to Twitter to empower women, writing, “Proud to celebrate & uplift my amazing, powerful brilliant sisters EVERYDAY!!!! Keep being unstoppable!!!”
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In a show of solidarity, Billy Ray Cyrus shared a snapshot of his wife and daughters when they attended the March for Our Lives gun violence prevention rally. His simple caption? “My girls. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!”
Want to know what inspires Outlander star Caitriona Balfe? She gave a little insight on Sunday. “64-year-old becomes oldest woman to row across Atlantic Ocean #InternationalWomensDay,” she tweeted, along with an article about rower Sara Brewer’s accomplishment.
This is my boss lady, power look. We all have our own different power looks. Those differences make us unique and beautiful. Today and every day we celebrate the power of women. We run the world‼️ Happy #InternationalWomensDay ❤️ xoP pic.twitter.com/96vPqiv3VW
She’s a legend for a reason, y’all! Paula Abdul emphasized on IWD that our difference ultimately make us stronger. “This is my boss lady, power look,” she captioned a photo of herself, continuing, “We all have our own different power looks. Those differences make us unique and beautiful. Today and every day we celebrate the power of women. We run the world!”
Quoting her iconic 1995 United Nations speech, Hillary Clinton wrote on Instagram, “On #InternationalWomensDay and every day, let’s say out loud once more that women’s rights are human rights — and no administration, political party, court, legislature, or biased attitudes can change that.”
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