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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 2020 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

Following the success of last year’s festival, xCHANGE returns to mark International Women’s Day 2020.

Taking place across both campuses throughout March, the festival programme is packed with participatory events, panel discussions and performances.

Staff can get involved by wearing the Suffragette sash, created by a team of staff members, around campus or choose their favourite female writer to read aloud as part of The BIG Read.

There will be a night of contemporary women’s poetry, entitled Speaking for Ourselves, hosted by guest poet Jacqueline Saphra at The Woodman on Friday 13 March, plus a day of celebration at the International Women’s Day Festival on Sunday 8 March at the Conservatoire, which features live performances, visual and sound installations, yoga classes, female-led practical workshops and panel discussions.

Inclusivity and diversity in STEM will also be discussed at a STEM for all event, which includes a seminar on Imposter Syndrome and discussion on how to develop inclusive STEM workplaces.

There will be special talks from Professor of Access and Participation Professor Bugewa Apampa, on optimising access and participation in Higher Education, and Professor of Criminology Professor Elizabeth Yardley will present her study on the killing of women in ‘sex games gone wrong’.

Senior Research Fellow Kate Carruthers Thomas, who is coordinating the festival, said: “This is the second year of the xCHANGE festival at BCU and yet again we have created a diverse and meaningful festival thanks to the commitment, imagination and multiple talents of our staff and students. xCHANGE 2020 features some festival favourites from 2019: #ShowTheSash, the BIG Read and the Feminist Playlist in addition to a host of new events large and small across the month.”

A unique souvenir festival ‘passport’ will also be available with details of all the events and space to stamp for each one attended.

Find the full programme and book tickets here.

Also, don’t forget to check in with the campaign from time to time via Twitter @xCHANGE 2020, #IWD2020

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