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International Women's Day

Celebrating the achievements of women at LJMU

When did International Women's Day start?

A worldwide celebration of women's achievements and call for gender equality, International Women's Day can be traced back to the early 1900s. The earliest observance of a Women's Day was 28 February, 1909 in New York. A year later, German Socialist, Luise Zietz put forward the proposal of an International Women's Day and was backed by Clara Zetkin, a key figure in the Social Democratic Party of the country. The idea was a simple one that had staying power – one day each year every country would celebrate women and push for their progress.

What events are taking place at LJMU?

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #EachforEqual. LJMU are proud to be involved in the following events to mark the day:

Here Come the Girls…The Future of Sport and Exercise Science

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences will open their doors to a group of 60 girls who have aspirations to become sport and exercise scientists. Led by female staff in the School, the event covers topics relevant to women of all ages who want to become active members of society, exercisers, sports participants or influencers in the scientific community.

Girlguiding Merseyside’s Science and Engineering Day

The event will celebrate women in STEM and mark both British Science Week (6-15 March) and International Women’s Day (8 March). A number of activities, demonstrations and workshops will take place on 7 March. Hosted by our very own scientists and engineers, the event aims to inspire and engage girls about the role of STEM in their lives.

Meet the Professors

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve been talking to some of the inspirational female professors about their career journeys so far, as well as hearing their thoughts on what it means to be a woman in the workplace in the 21st century. Take a look at their stories below...