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International Women's Day 2021: Home

International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s day (IWD) is an annual event which takes place every year on March 8th to celebrate the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women. The first National Women’s day was celebrated in America on 28th February 1909. In 1910 Clara Zetkin, Leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day. The day is marked around the world with thousands of events to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

Further information can be found on International Women’s Day website

Theme for this year's IWD



"A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge." (From the IWD website)


Below are a few key texts to read. Additional interesting resources can be found on the International Women's Day xCHANGE Festival 2021 reading list

Some key journals to read. Other interesting journals can be found on the International Women's Day reading list.

The Library subscribes to the database Box of Broadcasts (BoB) which covers radio and tv broadcasts

BCU xChange Festival - Marking International Women’s Day

xCHANGE returns in an online form for 2021, marking International Women’s Day at BCU.

xCHANGE2021 aims to reflect and celebrate the breadth and complexity of research taking place at BCU, and is an opportunity to hear about the lived experiences of women.

The event is open to all and features a diverse programme of presentations, provocations and participation. It runs throughout March and is open to all students and staff.

The festival incorporates two Women’s Words events curated by the BCU Women Professoriate, with the first taking place on Wednesday 3 March from Professor Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan, who will speak about her research practitioner career in public health promotion over four decades and around the globe. Later in the month, Professor Kathryn Moore will discuss ‘A Guide to Challenging Big Ideas’.

There's also the chance to enjoy some contemporary women's poetry on Thursday 18 March, with poet Jacqueline Saphra alongside Naush Sabah, Claire Walker, Kate Carruthers Thomas and Ruth Stacey.

Dr Mandy French (HELS) and guest speaker Sukhwinder Salh (Aston University) will be in discussion about some of the barriers women researchers and academics face in academia on Monday 8 March. On Wednesday 10 March, an international group of researchers will look at gender and leadership in Nursing, and present a short video and discussion on this.

The Family, Gender and Health Research Cluster in HELS will also be hosting an online session about creating trans and non-binary inclusive research, which will explore and encourage discussion about inclusivity and intersectionality in research on Tuesday 23 March.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas, who has curated the festival, said: “xCHANGE is smaller and leaner this year, but we still have a diverse programme including a couple of events rolled over from xCHANGE2020 which was cut short by COVID-19. 

“I hope attendees will take away insights and connections relevant to their interests and research, but also acknowledge the commitment of those that have gone the extra mile in extremely challenging circumstances to organise festival events this year.”

More events are being added throughout the month – check the xCHANGE event listing and follow @xCHANGE2021 on Twitter for updates.


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