Women’s history

“Women and girls can do anything. And all of us, everywhere, should have the chance to prove that” – Melinda Gates

Next month (March) is Women’s History Month. It is the perfect time to learn more about the achievements of women in history and today, from Jane Austen to Jane Goodall, from the suffragettes to Serena Williams.

8 March is International Women’s Day. This is marked by lots of exhibitions, festivals, concerts, and much more. It is a time to celebrate all the amazing things that women and girls have done.

However, it is not just a celebration. It is also a chance to think about the difficulties that women face. After all, women may finally be able to vote in every democracy in the world – but they still face discrimination in many countries. For example, women often receive less pay for doing the same work as men. Around 130 million young girls do not go to school. That means they are not getting the education they need.

Which women in history have inspired you? Which women inspire you today? And how will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

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Assembly

The Day has an assembly on the women’s march which took place in January 2019. What is sexism, and how have women fought against it throughout history? Download the slides here and the notes here.

Activities

  1. Write a paragraph about a woman who inspires you. It could be someone in real life, a celebrity, a person from history, or even a fictional character! Explain who she is, and why you think she is inspiring.
  2. As a class, take it in turns to suggest other inspiring women that you think deserve to be celebrated this International Women’s Day.