International Women's Day - 8 March

Picture shows logo of International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world.

Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then, in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February 1909.

A year later, the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen approved a call for an International Women's Day to campaign for women's rights.

Now, annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events, through to local women's craft markets, theatre performances, fashion parades and more.


International Women's Day

 A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources.

International Women's Day - Oxfam

Ideas for how you can get involved in International Women's Day.

Women of Scotland

Women of Scotland is a project for locating and recording memorials commemorating the lives and achievements of women throughout Scotland.

British Red Cross - Discrimination and disasters

This briefing for teachers explains how some groups of people, who arguably need help the most, often get least help in an emergency.

Resource calendar

Prepare for festivals, awareness days and other topical events.