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International Women’s Day

8 March 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The theme this year is Choose To Challenge, which challenges us to call out gender bias and a call to action for gender equality.

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A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

The Council House is proudly displaying a banner to draw attention to the day and we are putting on a series of virtual events with partners from across the city – find out more at

Local women are being asked to take part in the campaign and send a short video clip of themselves answering a few questions on persevering through the pandemic, and challenging stereotypes and stigma. Women of Nottingham we need your help!

Or why not post a picture of yourself on social media? Raise your hand high to show you’re in, that you commit to ‘Choose To Challenge’ and call out inequality. Tell your story or your hopes for the future. Use the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge #IWDNottingham #NottinghamTogether

Looking for inspiration?

You’ll find lots of events and connections with The Nottingham Women’s Centre

Watch local rapper and feminist campaigner JayaHadADream’s video  on YouTube here

History, Marches and Celebrations! Discover more about International Women’s Day on the BBC website

Why not read a book that has been written for women, by women or about women? You can borrow or reserve all these titles and more on BorrowBox our eBook and eAudio service

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood / Work Like a Woman by Mary Portas /Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala / Women Who Dared to Break All the Rules by Jeremy Scott / Women and Power: A manifesto by Mary Beard

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Online jigsaws to celebrate #IWDNottingham

With images from our Nottingham Local Studies collection libraries have created these jigsaws of groundbreaking women from Nottingham’s past.

An online jigsaw is a great way to relax, enjoy piecing back together the ‘Women window cleaners’ from 1917, who were allowed to work in trousers! And the ‘LN&R Female decontamination squad’ from World War II.


Local history online quizzes

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have created a short online quiz all about Nottingham’s most famous women.

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