Are you a single woman who works hard at your job, who is reliable, and who gives your best daily? Even if you aren’t, you surely know someone who is.
In fact, statistically, you’re more likely to work alongside a never-married, separated, or divorced woman than you are to work alongside a married woman. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in March 2022, “Never-married women had the highest participation rate of all women [in the workforce], at 63.5 percent in 2020. Separated and divorced women were more likely to participate in the labor force (61.7 percent and 59.7 percent, respectively) than married women (57.4 percent).”
As we know, women must face a whole slew of obstacles as they pursue educational and career-based opportunities. However, our society relies on single working women, so we should celebrate them. Here are five ways to honor Single Working Women’s Day:
- Recognize her verbally. Voice your appreciation for the single working women in your life. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; just a few words can go a long way in reminding a woman that she is seen, respected, and cared for.
- Volunteer at a women’s shelter. Offering your time at a women’s shelter exposes you to some of the more nuanced challenges many single women must face as they seek freedom and safety in society.
- Cook a family meal for a single mother. Even mothers whose partners are physically present could use some help around the house. This usually only becomes more true for single mothers. Surprise a single mother in your life by delivering one of your signature dishes to her doorstep.
- Educate yourself on historic issues. Women’s place in the workforce has been especially turbulent over the past several centuries. They went from being an irreplaceable source of agricultural labor, to being strictly relegated to the domestic sphere to being assigned concurrent roles as mothers and full-time employees. Take the time to learn how this social revolution has impacted women over the years.
- Educate yourself on current issues. Learn more about present-day income disparities, hiring biases, and workplace discrimination. These issues are relevant to all women, but especially to single women who may not have an additional household income to support themselves and, in many cases, their families.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating hard-working single women everywhere!