International Women’s Day – how will you celebrate it?

What is International Women’s Day and how did it come about? We have The United Nations to thank; they officially began the Day in 1975, the year designated International Women’s Year. But #IWD’s origins go back to 1908 in USA, when women working in the garment industry took strike action over poor workplace conditions. A year later, National Women’s Day was observed in their honour. To find out more, here’s a brief primer.

The theme this year is about aiming for – and achieving – gender balance to ‘drive a better working world’, hence #BalanceforBetter. Well worth a look; ladies, we need to get our balance pose on…

Events will be taking place all over the world; here’s a sample, compiled by IWD

In London, Time Out has event listings

The Royal Academy is hosting a series of ‘Feminist Time’ events from 2 – 11 March – details here.

If you’re a student (or know one), Bright Network is holding a great event in London.

In Bristol, celebrations will be held, including a performance by the wonderfully-named Burning Brass Band.

Business Gateway Edinburgh is holding a flagship event.

If you’re in Australia, there are heaps of events going on.

If you are in New York you can join in the United Nations observance of International Women’s Day 2019, RSVP here.

Looking to run your own #BalanceforBetter campaign? Get everything you need to run a successful International Women’s Day right here.

How will you mark #IWD? Post a reply and let us know!

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