In 1910, over 100 women from 17 countries attended a Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There, they came up with a plan for a day of celebration for women. The following year, on 19 March, International Women’s Day was officially marked for the first time by over a million people in the US, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

More than a century on, International Women’s Day is recognised by the United Nations, and is celebrated on 8 March every year. It is a time to celebrate women’s achievements. But it is also vital for raising awareness and campaigning against the sexism that exists throughout society.

Around the world, women are victims of sexism. This ranges from everyday sexist comments, to inequality in sport. Women everywhere are also being paid less than men for the same job. This is called a gender pay gap and in 2019, the World Economic Forum estimated that it would take 108 years to close.

Meanwhile, around 240 million women and girls are subjected to violence each year and in 2020, the pandemic led to a steep increase in those affected.

The International Women’s Day motto is “An equal world is an enabled world”. How will you fight sexism this week?

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This week’s assembly slides are about International Women’s Day. Different facts and discussion slides cover some of the women who are changing the world for the better – and the challenges they still face.


  1. In a group, come up with a list of ways that you could fight sexism in your school. Present them on a poster that you could keep up in class throughout the year.
  2. Research a famous woman from history. Write a short biography of her, noting her achievements.