International Women’s Day 2016

Today is International Women’s Day ! There are lots of activities, events and discussions taking place today (including on campus).  The Guardian have live coverage of events around the world and are asking: “What does equality mean to you?”

On the BBC website they are posting discussion articles on a range of topics:

100 women

In pictures: Women making technology work for them

Women see little improvement in world of work – ILO

Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco

Call for women to speak before men at meetings

Why women can thrive in science fiction

And so much more……….. What is listed above is just a tiny snapshot of the events and discussions that are taking place.  Hopefully these will inspire you to look further….




On International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March 2016, the University is delighted to welcome guest speaker Mona El-Sayed for the Fairtrade Fortnight lunchtime seminar.  Mona El-Sayed will talk about the role of women in the Fairtrade movement based on her own experience setting up FT Egypt during turbulent times. The seminar will take place from 12.30pm – 1:30pm in HBS G15.  Everyone is welcome.


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day #IWD2016 (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

campaign theme: #PledgeForParity

‘Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity’

How will you mark the day?



International Women’s Day

This year International Women’s Day (IWD) is on March 8, 2016 and the theme is Pledge For Parity.  See their website for more information‘The World Economic Forum estimates that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress means that it will take until 2133 for the world to entirely close the economic gender gap. On International Women’s Day each of us can commit to take action and together help accelerate the achievement of gender parity worldwide’


Female science writers celebrated

‘A Royal Society discussion has considered the behind-the-scenes and often neglected roles that women have long played in the advancement of science. Held on 10 March to tie in with International Women’s Day, “Women Writing Science” brought together three historians to explore and celebrate the major contributions made by women even at a time when the doors to universities, learned societies and laboratories were largely closed to them.’

The full article in the Times Higher by Matthew Reisz can be seen here –


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN






‘All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Various organisations identify their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context and interests. Many charities, NGOs and Governments also adopt a relevant theme or campaign to mark the day. For example, organisations like the UN, Oxfam, Women for Women, Care International, Plan, World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and more – run exciting and powerful campaigns that raise awareness and encourage donations for good causes. The UN has been declaring an annual equality theme for many years.’



Thursday 5 March | 7.30pm | Great Hall, London Road campus

Edith-Morley-lecture-2014569792_34751To mark International Women’s Day the University of Reading are delighted to present this annual event in memory of Edith Morley, believed to be the first woman to be awarded the title professor in a British university. Appointed as Professor of English Language at Reading in 1908, Professor Morley was dedicated to her subject, her students and her cause. She believed that women should have an equal place in academia and society and was an inspiring and motivating force for the young people around her. Over 100 years on, we invite you to celebrate this extraordinary part of our heritage with this special event to inspire young women to achieve great things.

The University will welcome a small panel of our highly successful female alumni to present their own views on what it means to be a great role model for young women in our contemporary society.

• Laura Tobin, ITV weather presenter (BSc Physics and Meteorology 2003)
• Rhianna Dhillon, Radio 1 Film Critic (BA English and Film & Theatre 2011, Alumnus of the Year 2013)

Admission is free, places are limited. To book a place, visit




For more information about International Women’s Day follow this link –