International Women’s Day


Members of the Abbey Community came together on Wednesday to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Here are just a couple of examples of how #IWD2023 was reflected upon at the school. #EmbraceEquity

Upper II explore equity
Upper II had a fantastic afternoon yesterday exploring equity, which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. They started by completing a quiz and we’re shocked to find out that only eight women are CEO’s in the leading 100 companies world wide! We are hoping to change this in the future as many of the students have big goals for future jobs! Some girls read Malala’s Magic Pencil and researched her autobiography as she fought for equal rights to education; others wanted to make informative posters and poetry to create an awareness of this important day!

Have a look at our class embrace! We are so proud to be working together to build a more equitable and equal future for women!

A personal Reflection
Margaret in Upper II also reflected on her own personal thoughts around International Women’s Day

Take a moment to thank all the women who have committed their life to influencing our culture, and working towards gender equality as we mark International Women’s Day this week. According to tradition, on March 8, 1857, female textile and apparel workers in New York City demonstrated in favour of equal rights, higher wages, and better working conditions. Those who were fighting for women’s rights and votes were named suffragettes.

There were lively discussions amongst women and they were being pushed to get more involved in the fight for change on the gender wage gap. Later, in 1908, women staged a march through New York City to demand better working conditions, higher wages, and the right to vote.

1909 The earliest National Woman’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909, in America in honour of the 15,000 women who demonstrated in New York against oppressive working conditions and low pay.

1910 In 1910, Clara Zetkin, a women’s rights supporter in Germany, put forward the idea of a world-wide International Women’s Day.

1911 On 19 March, the first International Women’s Day was held, with more than 1 million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland taking part.

In other countries, 8 March is a celebration of Mother’s Day too. Without suffragettes, and our mothers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. 

By Margaret Upper II

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