International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. Thousands of events are held throughout the world both to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural, and political achievement.
The University of Southampton is pleased to again host a programme of activities to mark International Women’s Day. Every year on the 8th March, the university comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Here at the University of Southampton, we will be celebrating International Women's Week (IWW) from Monday 5 to Wednesday 23 March. Events range from discussions of women in science, art exhibitions and a talk from Sharon Strawbridge (Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter) alongside Professor Sir Christopher Snowden (University of Southampton Vice Chancellor).
The international theme this year ‘pledge for parity’ with an aim to bring everyone – men and women – together to help achieve gender equality. 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.
Most IWW events are open to both students and staff at the University, to both women and men, and are free of charge unless stated otherwise.