Today is International Women’s Day. This annual event dates back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City ‘demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights’. It has grown into a global day of recognition and celebration of women of the world and the achievements made. For more information, visit: http://www.internationalwomensday.com or get involved on Twitter @womensday
Here are a few events happening in the capital to celebrate:
‘WOW – Women of the World Festival’ – events happening from 7th March – 11th March including music, comedy, drama, market, and speed mentoring. Well known faces involved with the festival include Mary Portas, Emeli Sandé, Katy B, Annie Lennox and Sinead O’Connor.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX / Until 11th March / Times and ticket prices vary
‘Having it all – dispelling the myths about work and motherhood’ – discussing evidence which suggests mothers who work end up healthier in mid-life.
University College London, Darwin Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT / Thursday 8th March, 13.15 – 13.55 / Free
‘She Bop a Lula’ – photo exhibition featuring some of the most successful women singers from the last 60 years, in aid of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity.
Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP / Until 1 April 2012, 11.00 – 19.00 (18.00 Sunday) / Free
SCREENING & DISCUSSION:
‘Open City London Documentary Festival’ – screening of 4 short documentaries dealing with gender and sexuality, followed by an open discussion.
Hub Westminster, First Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE / Thursday 8th March, 18.30 / Free (book in advance)
‘International Women’s Fair’ – collection of creative women including art, craft, music, fashion, poetry, workshops and food.
Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, E1 6AA / Saturday 10 March, 10.00 – 17.00 / Free