Ideas for International Women's Day

Nicola Davison
20th February 2017
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Celebrate the achievements of women around the world on International Women's Day

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day is a global celebration observed on 8 March every year. It is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as highlight those areas where action is still needed to bring about equality.

Spread the word among your pupils with this selection of hand-picked resources for both primary and secondary students.

Whole-school resources

Women’s rights assembly
Explore real-life stories of the men and women working towards gender equality all around the world in this thought-provoking assembly, which brings meaning to oft-quoted statistics.

International Women’s Day resource pack
Celebrate some of the women who have made enormous contributions in a variety of areas using these primary and secondary research lesson plans and accompanying activity ideas.

Investigating women in film
For use in class or as part of an explorative assembly, this presentation allows students to analyse the representation of female characters in film using the Bechdel test as a framework.

Inspirational posters
Promote the role of women in the development of technology by displaying this series of posters, including the likes of Ada Lovelace and Florence Nightingale, around your school.

Primary resources

Domestic work through time
Encourage younger learners to understand how domestic work has changed over the last century in this lesson, including a cut-and-stick match-up activity.

The story of Malala Yousafzai
Discuss the incredible journey of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner and her passion for educational equality, with this collection of lesson plans and resources.

Wonderful women Top Trumps
Featuring 12 significant women from around the world, this simple card game provides a great opportunity to discuss the nature of courage, determination and fame.

Women's history worksheets*
Discover more about the early lives and achievements of inspiring women throught history with these well-designed booklets, including an information sheet and poster, as well as space to record learning.

Secondary resources

Investigating stereotypes
Challenge typical gender stereotypes with this adaptable three-lesson presentation, which requires pupils to research and present on the work of a woman in a particular field.

Inspiring change lesson pack
Reinvigorate your teaching on gender and women’s empowerment with these lesson ideas and worksheets, including links to relevant videos and infographics.

Sportswomen in the media
Encourage critical thinking by getting students to investigate the portrayal of sportswomen in print media with this simple worksheet activity.

Women in history quiz
Raise awareness about some of the key facts related to significant women in history with this straight-forward, ten-question quiz, ideal for use during tutor time.

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Share your favourite International Women’s Day resources with us by publishing them on TES and emailing us the link! Or, for even more inspiration, why not check out our jam-packed Women's History Month Pinterest board?

This post was originally published on 25 February 2016, and was refreshed on 23 February 2017.

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