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International Women's Month

Every year, 8th March is International Women’s Day. However, in the library, we don’t think a day is enough, so here March is International  Women’s Month. Over the course of the month we have organised a series of events to celebrate International Women’s Month.

We started the month with a week of girls’ discussion groups at lunchtimes, each day focusing on a different aspect of being a woman in the 21st century, such as ‘Women and Culture’ and ‘Women and Their Bodies’. The first group had a reasonably good attendance of 26 but this increased every day until we had over 80 students on the final day. The groups were focused, insightful and at times passionate, and we resolved on the final day to establish a group to help challenge sexism in school. Watch this space.

Also, on the library display board, we’ve been looking at countries across the world which have laws that discriminate against women, such as Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive, and Russia, which has no laws against domestic abuse.

On a more cheerful note, however, we’ve also been celebrating women by addressing the gender imbalance in the library portrait posters. We’ve held a competition challenging students to suggest inspirational women from particular fields to replace the men currently representing those areas. We’ve had a number of entries, but the best so far are Ada Lovelace – considered the first computer programmer – nominated by Glendior Zenelaj; Rosalind Franklin – who made significant contributions to our understanding of DNA – nominated by Ellie Clayton; and Malala Yousafzai – the tireless educational campaigner – nominated by Vivien Osondu.

And of course, being a library, we’ve been celebrating some of our favourite books be female authors – Jeanette Winterson, Esther Freud, Evie Wyld, Gennifer Chodlenko and Sita Brahmachari to name but a few.

Thank you to everybody who’s been involved, and a particular thank you to Ms Pearce, Ms Austin-Burdett, Ms Molinari and Ms Manley, who ran the discussion groups.

Mr Mees

 


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