International Women's Day
International Women's Day
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today is the day to celebrate and mark all the incredible women in the world – many of whom don’t often get a mention.
The theme this year is Choose to challenge and seeks to get us all to challenge the stereotypes and gender bias women face.
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.
Just in case you were thinking that inequality doesn’t exist for women – take a look at some facts
Every year 12 million girls under 18 become child brides, that’s 33,000 girls forced into marriage every day world wide
Throughout the world it is estimated at least 132 million girls not in school – because they are not permitted to go.
You might think that those are just the global figures and here in the UK things are equal – however –
In the cabinet – so the people in charge of making decisions about the way our country is run, there are only 5 women out of the 22 cabinet members
In parliament there are 220 women MPs in the House of Commons – that’s only 34% – which is still unbelievably an all time high.
Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed 50 years ago, women still face a gender pay gap – which means women might be paid less than men for doing the same job.
Only 28.6% of FTSE 100 (the top, most successful companies and businesses in the UK) leadership roles are currently held by women.
Below we’ve added some info and resources about just some of the inspirational women that have made a real difference to the world. We’d love to hear what you think, so if you’d like to add any, then just let your tutor know.
In the words of Suffragette Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy –
Give us knowledge, power and life. We will repay the gift a hundred-fold. Set free the women who sigh in the dark prison-houses, the captives of ignorance and folly. Cruel tyrants are these; slay them!
Women's Campaigns in action - Greenham Common Peace Camp
In the 1980s there was a campaign known as a Peace Protest against cruise missles ( a nuclear weapon) being brought to Greenham Common (near Newbury, so really local to us) . This was lead by women and lasted for a number of years. Lots of brave woman from around the country and the world came here to protest the use and storage of nuclear weapons – setting up a peace camp at the American military base at Greenham Common.
They were campaigning non-violently for peace, not war – with many of them mothers arguing that this was a fight for their children’s future. Actions included things like chaining themselves to the fence, locking themselves in sentry boxes, cutting the fence, barricading the gates by linking arms and climbing over the fence and invading the base. Women were arrested and went to court and prison – but they continued to protest.
In December 1987, Ronald Reagan (President of USA) and Mikhail Gorbachev (President of USSR) signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which brought the end for cruise missiles and in August 1989 the first missiles left the base.