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March 26th 2024

Celebrating International Women's Day

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2024 on March 8, we had a number of events happening around the Junior and Senior Schools.  

Our Year 6 Mighty Girls gave a brilliant International Women’s Day assembly, where they shared and reflected on the Suffragettes, the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and international protest movements such as Chipko. Here are some of their inspired quotes: 

  • I am particularly impressed with the way that all of these women stuck together when times got tough and they really showed their resilience and power” (Ari, Year 6, Mighty Girl) 

  • The Suffragettes are truly inspiring. They had full belief in what they did and so much courage and perseverance. Women and girls of all ages came to join them; and their courage made history and changed the future for us all” (Amaia, Year 6, Mighty Girl) 

  • For our Mighty Girls assembly, we spoke about the legacy of the Greenham Common Peace Camp, where they protested against the location of the missiles and chained themselves to railings. They are a symbol still today of women’s voices being heard, their independence and peace keeping” (Polly, Year 6, Mighty Girl) 

Also at Junior School, Head of Music Mrs Coles created a special ‘minute of listening’ with a carefully curated collection of female composers.   

Meanwhile at the Senior School, Key Stage 3 science students celebrated IWD in tandem with International Women and Girls in Science Day (11 February), undertaking a project to research and produce a poster on an inspirational female scientist. And in A-level Psychology and 4a Psychology club, Miss Banks ran a class focused specifically on inspirational women psychologists and their pioneering research. 

A fun IWD24 Quiz invited Senior students to scour the school with a Q&A to find the 15 inspirational women and find their key facts - see if you can find some of the answers in our social reels on Insta.

  • In 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus, sparking the Civil Rights movement – in which city and state did this courageous act of protest happen? 

  • How old was Malala Yousafzai when she won her Nobel Peace Prize? 

  • Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. Which honour was she given? 

  • Which primate did Dr Jane Goodall’s landmark study focus on? 

  • For which film did Hattie McDaniel make history by winning the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar in 1939? 

  • In 2018, a then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg called the first School Strike for Climate. How many people globally joined her on her strike? 

  • Which movement did Emmeline Pankhurst found, eventually earning women the right to vote? 

  • Phoebe Schecter is Britain’s first female NFL coach. She began her career coaching which NFL team? 

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five. Since its inception in 1995, approximately how many books has she given away to children? 

  • Artist Frida Kahlo started to pain after a near-fatal accident that left her in almost permanent chronic pain. In which year did this accident happen? 

  • Which two countries did US Vice President Kamala Harris’ parents emigrate from? 

  • Which magazine did American journalist, feminist and social activist Gloria Steinem co-found in 1971? 

  • Maya Angelou was a much-lauded American poet, author, and civil rights activist. Which other two famous civil rights activists did she work with? 

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. What was her cool nickname? 

  • How many Jewish children did Irena Sendler save during the Holocaust, defying the Nazis to smuggle them out of the Warsaw Ghetto? 

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