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 is Women’s History Month. It is the perfect time to learn more about the achievements of women in history and contemporary society, from Emily Brontë to the suffragettes, Beyoncé to Michelle Obama. It’s also a chance to discover lesser known stories, like those of Clare Hollingworth, Ada Lovelace or the women of the First World War.

The month corresponds with International Women’s Day, which will be celebrated around the world on Sunday 8m March. The day is marked by global conferences, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, and much more.

But it is not just a celebration. Women may now be able to vote in every democracy in the world – but according to the World Health Organisation, one-in-three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence. Movements like #MeToo have helped to highlight the violence and sexism that many women still face, at every level of society.

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

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  1. As a class, take it in turns to suggest underrepresented women who you think deserve more recognition this International Women’s Day.
  2. Write a news report, in the style of The Day, about a woman from history or a female celebrity you admire.
  3. Write a timeline of women’s history in your country over the last 100 years. What advances have they made? What problems have they faced?