Every year on the 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. In the past women’s rights and achievements haven’t always been held as important, and even today there are places in the world where women do not have the same rights as men. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for people around the world to think about the achievements of women, and the special contribution women make to our world.
Women contribute in many different ways and International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements and also to highlight the existing inequalities there still are around the world and raise awareness of the global campaign to end gender inequality. There are a lot of ways in which women are directly affected by Global issues (Click here for classroom activities), and it is important to celebrate the many ways in which women have overcome issues over the years to achieve and contribute to our world.
Assembly and classroom exhibitions available for use by Tower Hamlets Schools from Schools Library Service:
Maria Dickin and the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor.
Clara Grant, the Bundle Women of Bow, and the story of the Fern St. Settlement.
Pheobe Hessel, the Amazon of Stepney.
Levina Teerlinc, Gentlewoman of the Queen.
Sylvia Pankhurst, the Suffragettes, and Votes for Women.
Hannah Billig, the Angel of Stepney.
These exhibitions were developed by young people in Tower Hamlets with Rosemary Taylor and Doreen Kendall of East London History Society and Maggie Hewitt of Oxford House for Women’s History Week. Contact the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service on 020 7364 6428