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Women do incredible things at Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes every day. They provide high-quality care for patients, they write messages to advocates of reproductive and sexual health care across our region, they thank our supporters for making our work possible. 

Today is International Women’s Day, an opportunity for us to pause and take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the way women are present in our lives and create joy, power, and opportunity for those around them. Here are a few ways we’re celebrating women today.

Sending a message of gratitude to our teammates. A quick DM, a personalized card, a detailed email, or a virtual one-on-one are all great ways to share a message of gratitude for the work the women on our team do to move progress forward. It’s been a difficult year in the workplace, and studies show that’s been particularly true for women. Expressing gratitude can make us all healthier and happier, from an emotional and physiological perspective. 

Supporting a woman-owned small business. Across our four-state affiliate, there’s no shortage of women creating their own path forward as business owners and change-makers. Supporting women-owned businesses can look like treating yourself to a statement piece or vintage item, but it can also look like going a few minutes out of your way to stop at a women-owned coffee shop, hiring a women-owned consulting agency

Starting a recurring donation to an organization that promotes gender equity. International Women’s Day is just one day of the year, but fighting for gender equity is a continuous process. Celebrate today by starting a journey of support that will continue on for months to come. Abortion funds, sexual and reproductive health care providers like Planned Parenthood Great Plains, and reproductive justice organizations provide necessary services and support in our communities all year long. 

Asking our legislators to support equitable access to essential sexual and reproductive health care. Caring for the women in our lives means ensuring that women continue to have access to the sexual and reproductive health care they want, need, and deserve. Today is a great day to remind our legislators in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma that their constituents believe in supporting a woman’s right to make personal and private medical decisions in consultation with her family, her faith, and her doctor. It’s also a great day to remind those same legislators that trans girls are girls, and we stand with our young trans community.

The best part about these actions is that they’re practices we can start today and fold into our regular routines. Let today be a starting point, not an isolated moment of celebration.

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