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International Women's Day 2017


International Women's Day - 8th March 2017

International Women's Day (IWD) was established in the early 1900s and is an annual event which is celebrated every year on the 8th March. The first National Women's Day was celebrated in America on the 28th February 1909. However, it was Clara Zetkin in 1910 who as the Leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women's Day. In many countries IWD is now an official holiday for women and holds the same status as Mother's Day where children give small gifts to their mother or grandmothers.

The aim of IWD is to celebrate women's achievements whilst continuing to raise awareness around issues of equality. This year the theme is "Be Bold For Change" to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. 

The list below is a selection of research from our academic staff related to issues of gender, equality and feminism and illustrates the contribution our academics are making in this area.

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Events to celebrate International Women's Day at Leeds Beckett University

There are a wide range of free events and exhibitions to support International Women's Day at the University. These include:

  • Women in the City brings together a range of talks, films, performances and exhibitions from a range of women: creative practitioners, built environment practitioners, academics and students, who share an interest in women and the city. The day will celebrate the contribution of women as makers of the built environment, and cast a spotlight on women as inhabitants of urban space.
  • A Woman's World is a photography exhibition by Anna Pepe and explores women, places, cultures and habitats around the world. It will be displayed in the foyer of the Portland Building on the City Campus until 31st March.
  • The Trials of Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Maud Allan Libel Case Professor Ruth Robbins will discuss ideas about forms of misogyny and look at ways of resistance against those forms, using the example of a libel case coming from allegations within a review against Maud Allan, a Canadian dancer who performed a private production of the Oscar Wilde play 'Salome', after the writer's death.
  • A showcase of student work on the around the theme of International Women's Day was shown on the Big Screen in Millennium Square and will move to Portland Wall, City Campus on Wednesday 8 March until the end of the month.

Find out more details and booking information for all of these events here.

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