International Women’s Day 2015: Make it Happen

iwd_longOn Sunday 8th March 2015 International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated worldwide. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975. It is an important occasion for promoting women’s issues and rights, especially in developing countries.

This year’s theme is Make it Happen and there are many events happening at the University this year to mark IWD 2015.

The University’s annual International Women’s Day Lecture takes place on Friday 6th March and this year welcomes guest speaker Professor Anneila Sargent. Make it Happen – Women into Science will draw from Professor Sargent’s own experiences to discuss the challenges many women may face when entering a career in science. More information and how to book can be found at

EUSA have organised a number of events for IWD and have listed these, along with some other University events on their website. See

Wikipedia_We_Can_EditThis month’s Wiki Hour of Power (the first monthly meet up) on Wednesday 4th March has IWD as its theme. Never done any editing on Wikipedia before? Don’t worry, there will be speedy tutorials available from experts to help you get started. Find out more at Wiki Hour of Power: International Women’s Day.

For IWD 2014 we wrote a blog post to help inspire your research in all areas of women’s studies. Why not take another look at Inspiring Research.

You can also take a look at our Top 5 women’s studies library resources.

In celebration of IWD, the Feminist Review have collated a selection of recent articles that address key issues in the fight for gender equality. These are free for the month of March:
The Library has access to the journal Feminist Review available to students and staff of the University, search the Library Catalogue for the Journal Title to get access.

Find out more about International Women’s Day 2015 at

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

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