Last year saw celebrations across the globe marking 100 years of International Women’s Day. IWD provides an opportunity to both focus on what women have achieved, but also to highlight the continued inequality that exists.
As we celebrated the first IWD of the next 100 years, Rosa looked back at how far women have come, and asked you to help us look forward – to share what changes you wanted to see for women over the next 100 years.
All you needed to do was tweet and share with us the changes you wanted to see in the next 100 years.
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for Chemistry
1927: Emily Murphy (first woman magistrate in the British Empire) joined forces with 4 other Canadian women who sought to challenge an old Canadian law that said, “Women should not be counted as persons”
1930: Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia
1932: Miriam O’Brien Underhill and Alice Damesme completed the first all-women’s ascent of the Matterhorn
1948: Eleanor Roosevelt helped to draft the 1948 UN declaration of human rights
1949: Simone de Beauvoir, one of the leading existentialist philosophers of the Twentieth Century published ‘The Second Sex’
1961: Helen Bamber became the 1st chairwomen on Amnesty International
1967: Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars while completing her PhD at Cambridge University
1968: The Ford sewing machinists strike led to the passing of the Equal Pay Act, the first legislation in the UK aimed at ending pay discrimination between men and women
1981: Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was established to protest at nuclear weapons being sited at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire.
1987: Dianne Abbott became the 1st black women elected to the House of Commons
1991: Helen Sharman was chosen as the first Briton to go into space after beating 13,000 rivals who responded to a radio advert looking for astronauts.
1992: Betty Boothroyd became the first, and so far only, female Speaker of the House of Commons
2001: Clara Furse became the first woman to be appointed chief executive of the London Stock Exchange in 2001, a position she held for eight years.
2004: Dany Cotton was the first (and so far only) woman to be awarded the Queen’s Fire Service medal
2004: Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”
2010: United Nations created UN Women, an entity dedicated to accelerating the UN’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women
2011: Women played an active leadership role in the Arab Spring
Here are some of the changes you wanted to see over the next 100 years:
- The dismantling of unjust capitalist machinery, systems and attitudes
- Women build the first greenhouse in space
- More courage to take action at work, life and love
- For women in conflict zones more involvement at the peace table, in democracy and in business and an end to violence
- To see better access to services for all women in the UK, not just areas with smart councils
- See everyone do more to address the further discrimination faced by LBT BAMER and disabled women
Here are some useful links for more information about International Women’s Day: