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.
Check out our book displays at both campuses celebrating wonderful women on International Women's Day!
There are a wide range of free events and exhibitions to support International Women's Day at the University. These include: