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March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating TF out of strong, independent ladies (okay, we do that every month, but right now it’s fancy and official).
At first, there was just a Women’s History Week from March 2 through March 8 (now International Women’s Day) but in 1987, Congress officially decided that women are too badass for just one week and declared the entire month of March to be Women’s History Month.
This year, a light has been shed on women’s issues, the fight for equality, and the end of sexual harassment more than ever: With the #MeToo Movement serving as encouragement for women to share their stories and the taking action to create positive changes for women everywhere, women from Hollywood to small towns across the country are making it clear that enough is enough.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re surrounding ourselves with as much pro-female gear as possible.
Check out these totally girl power gift items, subscription boxes, and books to celebrate yourself or the strong, independent women in your life. And remember: That strong woman you need could be you.
During the 2016 election, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing the “woman card” — to which she responded “If fighting for women’s health care, paid family leave, and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!” Yes, girl.
This 52-card playing deck lets you play the “woman card” — literally. Cards sport illustrations of important female figures from the 18th century to current day including Sacagawea, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sojourner Truth. The Ace is Hillary Clinton, the first and only woman to be a presidential nominee from a major party and the King is Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.
Grab some wine and amp up your next girl’s night by snagging the Woman Card Deck for $20 here.
Proud feminists aren’t afraid to display their pride with a little bit of necessary profanity. From Amazon’s Homemade section, the Feminist as Fuck cuff bracelet is adorable, with over 90% of users giving it five stars. Plus, let’s be real: Being feminist AF goes with every outfit.
Make a subtle (or not) statement and get this arm candy for $18 here.
Princess Leia didn’t need to be rescued, neither did the late Carrie Fisher, and neither do we. If you participated in or followed the Women’s March in January 2018, you probably saw this “A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance” sign and were immediately obsessed. Get this perfect mix of Star Wars and feminism for your own room — or what the hell, your kitchen — and let the spirit of Leia live on.
Remind yourself that you’re a total boss with the Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace. Hollywood’s power structures are shifting, we’re shining a light on sexual assault, and women are more empowered than ever to stand up for themselves.
This piece of jewelry is not only gorgeous, but a symbol of the barriers women have broken in the past and will continue to break in the future. Get it for $68.
Speaking of glass ceiling smashers, spice up your desk with one of the Inspired Women Desk Signs. These desk plaques look just like the ones from the ’80s and read “Boss Lady” or “Get It, Girl” — perfect for making a statement at the office.
The plaques are super playful and are sure to add comic relief to an otherwise stressful day. Show your coworkers who’s boss with these desk plaques for $28 each here.
The giant letters say it all. These minimalist-with-a-hint-of-rainbow GRL PWR iPhone cases are too cute for words and give a powerful meaning in the simplest way possible. (Plus, everyone knows that choosing a phone case is part of your personal aesthetic and not something to be taken lightly.)
Give yourself another excuse to take mirror selfies and get the GRL PWR case for $28.79 here. If you’re really into this GRL PWR look, there are also tons of other items that feature it including laptop stickers and sleeves, travel mugs, pillowcases, and more.
These are a few of our must-read picks for Women’s History Month, but you can also check out Mashable’s 10 books to read during the #MeToo era.
If you’ve taken a sociology course on gender or race, Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks has probably come up. hooks hits hard on intersectional feminism, which looks at the inequality women face past gender, like race, ableism, and sexual orientation.
Titled after Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman speech, this classic piece of feminist scholarship goes beyond the surface of “girl power” by discussing the feminist movement during slavery: how being black and being a woman caused black female slaves to face the most prejudice of all, and how racism toward black women ran rampant among feminists.
Snag this must-read for Kindle or a physical copy here, with prices starting at $15.37.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, by Anne Helen Petersen
Chosen as one of NPR’S Best Books of 2017, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman is a fresh and brilliant take on the loud, difficult woman who is no longer taking shit from anyone.
Anne Helen Petersen takes an analytical look at how women like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj push the limits of what society deems “acceptable” (and why it’s not their job to be a role model for your kid). Through the lens of feminism, Petersen looks to the women of Hollywood who challenge double standards to spark a conversation about cultural norms, sexual harassment, and gender equality — all in perfect timing with rise of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
Get your copy for Kindle, as an audiobook, or a physical copy here, with prices starting at $12.99.
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Another must-read is Tina Fey’s Bossypants, an autobiographical comedy about her rise to stardom before 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, and Baby Mama. She dives into her struggles with things that most women are all too familiar with: Society’s idea of physical beauty, sexism in the workforce (the TV industry in her case), and being called “bossy” simply because you’re not the submissive woman the society wants you to be. If nothing else, there’s no way a Tiny Fey book won’t be hilarious.
Grab this New York Times bestseller for Kindle, a physical copy, or an audiobook with Tina Fey herself as the narrator here, with prices starting at just $4.
Cratejoy is the gift that keeps on giving — and their Women’s History Month lineup is seriously badass, with inspiring items made by women, for women. These are a few of our favorites, but you can check out the entire Women’s History Month lineup here.
A woman’s place is in the House — and Senate. Whether you’re running for office, prepping for an interview, starting your own company, or looking to make a side hustle pop off, the Sparkle Hustle Grow Box is the boost you need to become a full-time baller.
This monthly entrepreneur subscription box includes chic office decor, career related books, and business training tools to support your business and personal growth. Each subscription also includes the opportunity to connect with other female entrepreneurs within their awesome online community. Choose from a mini-mailer, the full box, or an annual membership here, with prices starting at $24.95/month.
From being mothers and never-ending caretakers to boss bitches who work hard and play hard, women seriously never stop doing. And though some of us may not give ourselves the breaks we deserve, self care is necessary (and more than just a Twitter trend).
The Pause and Unwind Box is your monthly dose of all things relaxation, with spa and beauty products, indulgent goodies, candles, relaxation tips, and more. Oh, and all items are from women-owned businesses, which is obviously awesome. Get one for you or as a gift for a lady that could use a breather for $24.99/month here.
Fact: Women have unique needs in the bedroom. And while some of the world might want to ignore that, Cratejoy is not about that life. What’s In Your Box is the ultimate women’s empowerment box, focusing on women’s sexual health, safety, satisfaction, and hygiene. Boxes feature everything from sex toys to pH balancing remedies to knick-knacks and self defense tips. Some even include bottles of F*ckboy Repellent, which we could all use about ten of.
The boxes are totally discreet on the outside, so no, your conservative grandma will not have a heart attack when she sees it on your doorstep. Get yours or give one as a gift for $21/month here.