International Woman’s Day

International Woman’s Day was on Thursday 8th March. We spoke to Emily (a student at Long sands academy) who recently spoke at an ASPIRE conference for trailblazing women. There she discussed how you can overcome fears and her experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). We interviewed her and asked why she thought International Women Day was important. She replied, “It allows us to remember the important women who have changed the world for us to live in.”

Protests were created to campaign for better pay and rights for women, but are now aimed at inspiring females across the world. The tradition began with the first National Women’s Day in 1909 and its roots are in campaigning for better pay and voting rights. Today, events will take place across Britain and the world to celebrate the achievements of women and hopefully inspire others.

The widespread adoption of the colour has caused many people to wonder why, as white, purple and green (the suffragette’s adopted shades) are more often associated with the women’s rights movement. And the marches for equality across the world earlier this year, saw many women wearing pink-eared hats.

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, focused on “Women in the Changing World of Work”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will call upon all actors to “Step It Up” for Gender Equality working towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030 by ensuring that the world of work works for all women.

Many students have mentioned the word ‘girls’, but feminism involves boys treating girls with respect. However, a teacher said that there are things that boys can’t do that girls can (things that involve more strength e.g. boxing) and things that girls can do that boys can’t (things that involve more multitasking e.g. cooking). Apart from that, every one we have asked has said that female’s rights should be equal to a male’s. We spoke to Abbey, Chelsie, Harry and Shakiera; they said that they would celebrate by eating a special meal. Here are some key words and phrases that students have said about feminism: female, ladies, equality, girls treated unfairly, independence and girls.

by Heidi, Izzy and Georgie (Year 7)

Features Team

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