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International Women's Day and Related Events

International Women's Day has celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women since it was first observed in North America in the early 1900s. Activities have also been directed at challenging practices which discriminate against women. Alarmingly, the progress to achieving gender parity worldwide is slowing; the World Economic Forum predicted in 2015 that the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133 - 38 years later that predicted only the previous year.

The University of Manchester us an institute committed to gender equality; we encourage positive action for advancing and supporting women. In celebration of International Women's Day on the 8 March, there are a number of events taking place across the campus and beyond.

International Women's Day: Accelerating Gender Parity

by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester
5 March, 12pm - 3pm, University Place, Lecture Theatre B

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in collaboration with the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University will celebrate International Women's Day 2018 on Monday 5th March.

Award winning British scientist and author Angela Saini, will visit the University of Manchester to give a public talk, as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations. Angela will discuss her recently published book ‘Inferior - How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story’, the themes it explores and what they mean for women.

We will be running three workshops which will take place after Angela’s talk:

Workshop 1 - Sexual harassment in the workplace

Workshop 2 - Personal impact

Workshop 3 - Resilience

The workshops will take place at the same time so please register for one workshop only as places are limited.

Programme for the day:

12-1pm Registration, exhibition and lunch

1-2pm Angela Saini talk

2-3pm Workshops

Professor Ian Greer, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will open the event and Professor James Thompson, Vice-President for Social Responsibility will then introduce Angela.

Please note that you don't have to attend the whole event and you will find different options in the registration booking for the talk and the workshops or for the talk only.

This is a free event and is suitable for everyone; PSS colleagues, academics, students and the public.

If you have any dietary requirements or queries regarding the event please contact us on

Please register your place today.


For disabled access information on the venue please visit the following link:


Deeds not Words: Manchester and Women's Suffrage

8 March, 2pm - 4pm, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate Manchester

Discover the history of the women's suffrage movement and be inspired by the Mancunian women (and men!) who encouraged a generation of women to fight for their political freedom.

Look at original documents from key figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst and C.P. Scott for a captivating insight into the social, economic and political position of women in the early 20th century.

Free, no need to book, just drop in.

Recommended 16 yrs and above.


Jodrell Bank; Girls Night Out

8 March, 7.30pm, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The ever-popular Girls Night Out returns for International Womens’ Day 2018. Led by Sue Horne MBE from the UK Space Agency, the evening promises to be a fascinating and unmissable event for anyone interested in the science of space exploration.

The event will include an inspiring introductory talk and a Q&A session with Sue, there’ll also be a host of interactive activities (including ‘The Dangers of Space Travel’ and the chance to discover some actual meteorites!), and of course, we’ll be serving up our famous chocolate brownies. Don’t miss out!

This event is aimed at adults and children aged 12+

This event is supported by the UK Space Agency


Manchester University Music Society - Musica Festival Concert

9 March, 1.10pm - 2pm, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

Musica is a week-long festival during the week of International Women’s Day. It comprises of multiple events that celebrate all aspects of female music making, including composition, performance, conducting and academic/leadership roles. This concert will feature female composed works.

FREE - no need to book, just turn up!


Manchester City Council Events for International Women's Day

A variety of events held to celebrate International Women's Day and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which saw a change in law that allowed some women the vote for the first time.