5 Fun and Meaningful Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day
8 March 2021

Who run the world? Phenomenal women!

International Women’s Day (IWD) is upon us and we’re beyond thrilled to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across the globe. Not just that, we’re also here to support gender equality and fight for women’s rights.

For many of us, IWD can be a time to reflect on current issues and think of how we can contribute in our own little ways. At Marina One, we #ChooseToChallenge and uplift the women in our community through the #IAM / #WEARE movement. Through this initiative, we asked our patrons to write down one defining word that best describes their uniqueness as a woman.

Here’s a video showcasing the amazing people who have taken on the challenge with us: #IAM / #WEARE movement at Marina One.

And to commemorate this day more notably, we’ve rounded up five fun and meaningful ways for you to celebrate IWD either at home, at the office, or anywhere you fancy.

1. Recognize the amazing women in your family

Simple gestures of love and encouragement can go a long way in brightening up someone’s day and lifting their spirits. Start small and acknowledge the wonderful women in your family—from your mom, wife, sister, grandmother, daughter, aunt, girlfriend, or close friends.

These days, there’s a ton of ways you can reach out to people whether through chat, phone call, or video call. If you want to go the extra mile, you can try arranging a special Zoom session as a (new normal) way to catch up with your femme squad altogether. You can even play some light games and end it with a virtual wine toast.

2. Support other women

There are so many simple ways to support women and you can start in your own community. You can either volunteer at a local community centre, get involved in an NGO, or patronize a social enterprise run by women.

Speaking of which, Marina One has partnered with Enterprising Mums United (EMU), a social enterprise that advocates women and children, in curating a sustainable community. Featuring women-led homegrown brands, visit Marina One Social Marketplace at #B2-55 (between Myeongdong Hair Studio and Vision Lab) from 1 March onwards. With every purchase, you are supporting these strong entrepreneurial mums!

3. Read timeless books by female authors

Another easy way to feel more connected to women is by reading some of the amazing books written by inspiring women throughout history. We’ve handpicked a few timeless books for you to read today.

Little Women by L.M. Alcott | The Catherine Lim Collection by C. Lim | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by L. Carroll | Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

If you need a copy, we’ve made them all available to you at the Reading Corner at Basement 2 (#B2-59). Swing by now to get an e-copy, and maybe grab a cup of coffee at Addictude (#B2-27) or bubble tea at BRU (#B2-21) to go with it, too!

4. Raise a glass to women as you tune in to this IWD playlist

Make a toast to all the incredible women in your life as well as those who have made and are making a difference in women’s lives globally. Pop a bottle of wine from 1855 The Bottle Shop (#01-24/25) and celebrate the marvelous gift of being a woman.

While you’re at it, supercharge your revelry with this IWD playlist, featuring the top female artists of all time.

5. Wear your heart on your sleeve 

Oh, and don’t forget to wear purple today! It’s thought to be the shade of loyalty, constancy to purpose, and unswerving steadfastness to a cause. That’s why it’s regarded as the official colour of International Women’s Day!

In case you need a colour-appropriate OOTD for IWD, it’s not too late to drop by The Fashion Pulpit (#01-04) or The Social Space (#01-03).

We think it’s quite fitting to end this noteworthy occasion with Maya Angelou’s soul-stirring recital of her very own poem, Phenomenal Woman. Listen to this iconic masterpiece here:

Being a woman is incredible and we’re here to remind you of this fact today. Just like what Maya Angelou said, “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.”

Cheers to all the phenomenal women!