International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Click on the links below to see find out more about women related to each of our subjects:


Women in Accounting & Finance | Industry Insights 

Foundation Art Diploma 

Barbara Hepworth 

Fine Art 

Tracey Emin on ambition and ageing | FT Life 


Rosalind Franklin: DNA’s unsung hero – Cláudio L. Guerra 

Andrew Marr interview with vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert 


5 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets To Success | Refinery29 

The Story of Anita Roddick | Anita Roddick | British businesswoman | The Greats  

Deborah Meaden | Full Address and Q&A | Oxford Union 

The Incredible Rise of a Cosmetic Giant | Madam C.J. Walker 

Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear on Leadership 


Women in Chemistry: Stephanie Kwolek 


Malala Yousafzai

Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education 

Computer Science 

Grace Hopper: March 6, 1983: Grace Hopper—She taught computers to talk 

Margaret Hamilton – Margaret Hamilton – 2017 CHM Fellow 


Let’s talk about violence against women | Lily Banda | TEDxLilongwe 

Valedictory ceremony for Lady Hale

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  – Fight to End Gender Discrimination 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talks About the Fight To End Gender Discrimination | Glamour 


Katherine Dunham: 

Drama & Theatre Studies 

Emma Rice on Directing Theatre 

Emma Rice – Theatre Director –  working together  

Emma Rice – Acceptance Speech – UK Theatre Awards 2019 

Prebble (director and playwright) and Billie Piper on the representation of women on screen. 

Women in Theatre: Audra McDonald 

Josette Bushell-Mingo has been appointed principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, becoming the first black person to hold the post in its history  – video is a discussion of how she directed The Tempest with a diverse group from deaf and hearing actors. 

The Tempest at Citadel Theatre (Trailer) 

Economics A series of profiles of leading thinkers in the subject 

Women in Economics project

Esther Duflo First women to win Nobel Prize in Economics

English Language 

Gendered linguistics:

Margaret Atwood on writing:

English Language & Literature 

Bronte Sisters: The Brilliant Brontes – documentary 

Michelle Obama: 

Maya Angelou:

English Literature 

Margaret Atwood:

Angela Davis author of Women, Race and Class 

Caro Ann Duffy: 

Film Studies

Andrea Arnold at Cannes 

Celine Sciamma on the Female Gaze 

Kathryn Bigelow:

Patty Jenkins:


Simone Veil 

Games Design 

Amy Hennig

A TED Talk analysis of women in video games 

Strong Women in Video Games 


The true story of Mary Anning: The girl who helped discover dinosaurs | BBC Ideas 


Doreen Massey 

Doreen Massey on London 


US Vice-President Kamala Harris 

Graphic Design 

April Greiman: “If you have a good idea there aren’t any boundaries.” 

Jessica Walsh – Like Knows Like  

Short and personal documentary about Jessica Walsh who is a designer, art director and illustrator working in New York City. She is a partner at design studio Sagmeister & Walsh and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has won numerous design awards. Recently, Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights of her viral side-project called “40 Days Of Dating” 

First five minutes. 

Jessica Walsh – Like Knows Like 

Health & Social Care 

Florence Nightingale 

More than just nurse. If you google her you see �?statistician’ in her occupation 

Marie Curie: The genius of Marie Curie – Shohini Ghose 

Article about the role women scientists have played in fighting Covid 19

Prof. Sarah Gilbert – Project Leader for the COVID-19 Oxford vaccine Oxford research team leader on vaccine’s benefits 

International Women’s Day 2018: Mannya Nurse Jean 

Who: Jean Namatova, Nursing Officer and Assistant in charge at the Mannya Health Care Centre in Uganda 

Why: For her hard work developing a better healthcare system 

In 2007, the Cotton on Foundation arrived at Mannya village. Known to be an area rife with HIV/AIDS and deemed “mission impossible” by its local diocese, Mannya was a community in need of help. A lack of education, basic infrastructure and healthcare facilities had led to a village in desperate need of a helping hand. 

In 2009 the foundation completed the build of a new healthcare centre, and in 2012, a new maternity ward was opened. Jean has played a vital role in the development of these new healthcare centres and has helped build a better healthcare system in the village. 


Sophie Scholl, Nazi resistance and the White Rose Movement 


Steve Shirley – Freelance Programmer: the story of Dame Stephanie Shirley 

Jean Bartik and the ENIAC Women


Baroness Hale, the first female President of the Supreme Court of the UK

Interview with Joanna Hardy, one of the UK’s Leading Junior Criminal Barristers

The law is male | Baroness Helena Kennedy QC | TEDxGlasgow


Katherine Johnson – NASA Mathematician 

Ada Lovelace – English Mathematician & first computer programmer

The women of Bletchley Park – codebreakers during WWII


Kathryn Bigelow Oscar Win 

Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days – Best Film You’ve Never Seen 

Conversation with Patty Jenkins (director of ‘Wonder Woman’) 

Women in the Media – TED Talk 


Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Music Technology 

Olga Fitzroy 

Catherine Marks

Sylvia Massey 


Cindy Sherman: Fashion | Art21 “Extended Play” 


Dina Asher-Smith- Achieving dreams … by fearing failure 

Simone Biles pursuing history at Tokyo 2020 | Top Performers 

The Real Story


Inspiring Female Scientist: Physicist Laura Sampson 

Mae Jemison: I Wanted To Go Into Space 

International Women’s Day – Caroline Herschel 

The genius of Marie Curie – Shohini Ghose 

Jocelyn Bell Burnell 


Christina Maslach on “The Stanford Prison Experiment”

Eleanor Maccoby on “The Psychology of Sex Differences”

Anna Freud – Ego Defense Mechanisms – The Cure Part 3 

Cleverly Connected: Tanya Byron at TEDxCheltenham

The Jane Elliott experiment on racism in the classroom

Public Services   

Michelle Norris – Military Cross 

Lt Col Lucy Giles: Woman of the Year and Inspirational Award Winner 2016 

Religion, Ethics and Philosophy  

Philosopher Queens: Discovering forgotten female thinkers 

A summary of the philosopher Phillipa Foot’s Trolley Problem and an explanation of how it can be applied to modern technological dilemmas e.g., driverless cars.  

Eleanor Nelsen: Would you sacrifice one person to save five? 

Alice Walker reads Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a women?

Womanist theology  


The Beauty Myth – Excerpt from DVD 

Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video 

Emmeline Pankhurst Hartford Speech November 1913 | Suffragettes | 4 Minute History 

Let’s talk about violence against women | Lily Banda | TEDxLilongwe

Sociology graduate Michelle Obama: 

Michelle Obama’s Best Advice For Students | How To Succeed In Life


Clara Campoamor was the first female Spanish MP and who also fought and won the right to vote for Spanish women in 1931: 

Clara Campoamor, primera diputada de España – Ellas Más 

Textiles & Fashion  

Vivienne Westwood 

The Fashion Awards 2020 | Priya Ahluwalia 

Female figures from the local area

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