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Celebrate International Women's Day

Published: Feb 27, 2023

Sweet Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Women do amazing things every day. Countries from all over the world dedicate a day to celebrate women and all of their incredible achievements. Honor the women and girls in your life by taking part in some of these fun activities.

Why Do We Celebrate International Women’s Day?

March 8 is dedicated every year to recognizing women all over the world, including all nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. We come together for International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women and to rally for gender equality and women’s rights. In the U.S., the entire month of March is Women’s History Month, when we honor the amazing women who’ve made a difference.

10 Activities and Celebration Ideas for International Women’s Day

Show the women and girls you know how much you appreciate them this International Women’s Day. Here are a few activities that you, your loved ones, classmates or colleagues can do together to commemorate the day.

Gift a HERSHEY’S Bar

What better way to celebrate than with a deliciously inspiring HERSHEY’S SHE Bar? Show your favorite girls how much they mean to you by gifting them a HERSHEY’S Bar with a festive SHE sleeve that you can wrap around the bar and personalize with a thoughtful and uplifting message. You can also repurpose this Father’s Day superhero candy bar wrapper craft to recognize all the super awesome women who make a difference in your life.

DIY candy bar sleeve craft shown with scissors, tape, markers and candy bars

Host a Girls' Day

Help your female friends feel empowered by hosting a fun girls’ day! If you’re looking for ideas, check out our Galentine’s Day inspo where you start your day with relaxing spa treatments and brunch, gift your girls some sweet treats, and end the night with a delicious chocolate and wine pairing activity.

BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolates in a dish next to glasses of red wine

Take a Hike or Nature Walk

Hot girl walks are all the rage, so encourage the women in your life to feel their best by taking care of their bodies and well-being. Taking a hike or enjoying a nature walk is a great way to increase your physical and mental health -- and you can look great while doing it!

Support Women-Owned Businesses

Treating yourself while supporting women is easier than you think. There are a ton of amazing woman-owned businesses, restaurants and online shops that you can buy from to show you care about the cause.

Send a Care Package

If the women you love don’t live nearby, no problem! You can still recognize all that they do by sending a care package full of sweet gifts. Follow these tips and tricks to make these themed gift baskets for spa days, gardening or baking — whatever your girls are into!

Gardening-themed gift basket with gardening tools and Hershey’s Candy

Donate to or Volunteer at a Women-Supporting Organization

There are a lot of women-supporting non-profits and organizations out there that need your help. Whether you want to be hands-on by volunteering your time or just want to donate, both are helpful and impactful for women in need. The Hershey Company supports Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization that helps girls in 3rd to 8th grades by strengthening their social, emotional and physical skills and activating their limitless potential. You can get involved and help girls in your community.

Girls on the Run community event photo featuring a girl and an adult volunteer.

Explore Women’s History

When you have some downtime, it’s important to learn about the history of influential women and women’s rights. Watch a documentary, read a book or listen to a podcast to keep yourself informed on women’s history and women’s rights issues such as gender equality and pay gaps. If you’d like to get more involved in making a difference for the future of girls, the United Nations recommends participating in campaigns, raising your voice on social media platforms and making donations.

Post a Photo of the Women & Girls in Your Life

A fun way to show off the women and girls that you love is to post about them! Take pictures with all your female heroes and spotlight them on your socials to let them and your followers know how much you appreciate them. Make sure you tag #HersheysSHE so we can see how you celebrate!

Hershey Empowering Women: Then & Now

One of our favorite women to recognize on International Women’s Day is Catherine “Kitty” Hershey. Kitty was a great influence on Milton Hershey’s philanthropy efforts and convinced him to start the Milton Hershey School, which has continued to help young people every day since. She made it her mission in life to give back to her communities with charitable gifts and donations and she was well-known for her graciousness.Women have always had a very important role at The Hershey Company. So much so, we are one of the very few Fortune 500 companies with a female CEO and over 50% of all our employees are women. The Hershey Company was recently ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Friendly Companies by Forbes. Girl power!



Empowered women empower women. Keep your girls confident in themselves by taking the time to do a few of these activities during International Women’s Day and let them see how much you appreciate all they do.