international women’s day

Tomorrow the world will join together in marking International Women’s Day.

But do you know when this annual event devoted to celebrating the achievements of women and seeking gender equality began?

Its origins actually date back over a century to 1909 in America when it was known as National Women’s Day – but it became an international event shortly afterwards.

In fact, it was just a year later, in 1910, that activist Clara Zetkin called for an International Women’s Day to give women a greater voice in their campaign for equal rights and it was celebrated, for the first time, in 1911, becoming an annual fixture in 1913.

So, how you will you be celebrating the day in your school?

What ideas do you have for bringing this important topic to life in your classroom?

You can find more out about its history here.

And if you’re looking for new ideas, then here’s a link to help you create engaging discussion topics and activities.

March is also Women’s History Month and the BBC has a raft of additional teaching resources to help you.

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