As you reflect on how to be an even better feminist in the new year, here are three new year goals to help you advance gender equality.
With 2021 coming to a close, there is so much to reflect on and consider for the new year to come. While it may not have been easy, we commend you for giving this year your best self—you did great! Every act to make the world a better place counts, especially when it comes to advancing a gender-equal future.
Now is the season of “New Year’s Resolutions!” What will make 2022 better? For many, the answer is gender equality. So if you’re looking to enhance your support for gender equality around the world, here are three good new year’s resolutions you should explore:
1. Use your voice and your platform.
When millions of people oppose sexism in everyday contexts, the combined effect is world-changing. You can join this wave by using your voice to shut down sexist jokes or comments in your everyday spheres of influence—at home, at work, and with your friends. A simple “that’s not funny,” or “I don’t like that,” can carry a lot of weight in a social circle.
This year, you can also use your voice to encourage elected officials to support legislation that promotes gender equality or vote for leaders that already do. You can start with an internet search of “Who are my elected officials?” Or put this year’s election dates on your calendar by searching for a “local election calendar.”
If you’re active on social media, you can use your platform to share what inspires and keeps you committed to the gender equality movement.
2. Keep your inner critic in check.
Sometimes you are your biggest critic. While you might not always be able to silence your inner critic, try investing in mindfulness techniques to reduce self-criticism and seek help in areas where you might need healing.
It’s important to keep in mind that future feminists are always listening to you— whether they are your siblings, children, friends, or family. Talk about yourself like they’re in the room, and keep in mind that your voice might become their inner voice one day. The ultimate key to gender equality is passing down understanding, kindness, and knowledge to future generations.
Life is short—be kinder to yourself in 2022.
3. Be intentional with your spending.
A powerful way to support gender equality is with your wallet, and this can be done in multiple ways. In your routine spending, look for easy switches you can make to support women-owned businesses.
If you’re able, include giving back in your budget. It’s rewarding to support causes you care about, and reserving space for that in your budget will help ensure you’re aligning your spending with your values. Explore inspiring projects that lift up women and girls.
And finally, for the feminists in your life, you can share the joy of giving by donating in their honor or by getting them a GlobalGiving Gift Card to support a feminist project of their choice.