Women from Universitys past inspire its future on International Womens Day

The inspirational stories of women working in universities and science will be told to encourage staff and students to #pressforprogress in gender equality.

It forms part of International Women’s Day, which takes over the campus on 8 March with gender equality themed poetry displayed on University buildings, an interactive poetry session in the University’s innovative new Digital Reading Room, a Bhangra Dance Class especially for women and gender equality showcases by a range of departments.

Events will be taking place across the whole week from 5 – 9 March and will shine a light on the challenges that women face in all walks of life.  Through these events, the hope is that staff and students will come together to recognise gender inequalities that exist whilst celebrating the achievements of women. More information on the events throughout the week is available on our International Women's Day website.

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:  “This year has seen huge global movements for gender equality, women’s rights and justice. International news headlines have seen harassment and discrimination of women become part of a public conversation calling for change. It’s fitting that the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #pressforprogress.

“International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress that has been made, continue to call for change but also to celebrate those women who are determined to make a difference. Our events over the week of International Women’s Day all celebrate those women who have or still are making a difference. We hope that you are able to come along to one or more of the events that colleagues have organised that demonstrate their passion to #pressforprogress.”

International Women’s Day is a day when we shine a spotlight on women and recognise their contributions and achievements. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and is celebrated each year on 8 March. The day brings together women’s organisations, corporations, charities and the education sector to celebrate progress but also acknowledge that more needs to be done. It is a day about women but isn’t just for women. It is a day that unites everyone in challenging gender inequality.