Why Don’t You…? Twenty Extravagant Ideas for International Women’s Day and Beyond

Frivolous, fun or deadly serious, here are some screen-focused suggestions to mark the day, the week, the year.

Diana Vreeland was the editor of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar for 25 years. She passed away in 1989, but she’s still remembered for her regular ‘Why don’t you’ columns, full of extravagant and outrageous ideas for the ‘modern woman’. (‘Why don’t you… rinse your blond child’s hair in dead champagne to keep it gold, as they do in France?’ or ‘tie black tulle bows on your wrists?’)

Far from an ideal feminist, Vreeland was nevertheless a powerful woman who did do things her own way. We’re taking inspiration from her format for our quick list of suggestions to help mark International Women’s Day on this Sunday, 8 March.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk