Josie Calvert

What’s On: International Women’s Day 2018

What is International Women’s Day and Why Do We Celebrate it:

When you hear the 8th March, it may seem like any normal Thursday day to you. You may be going to your lectures, doing work or doing your average weekly shop. You may not even realise how much this date has such an influence on the way you live your life, particularly if you are a woman. The 8th March is a day to celebrate the movement of women’s rights. The first recorded observance of this day began in New York in 1909 and later became a holiday in Soviet Russia and the rest of the UN by 1975. International Women’s Day was created with the aim to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. While a lot of progress has been made to protect women’s rights, women still do not have the same rights and opportunities as men. On average, women receive between 30-40% less pay than men for the same work. Women are also still dealing with issues of rape, domestic violence and intersectionality. Since recent political turmoil and the increase of media use in recent years, International Women’s Day is becoming more and more acknowledged all around the world, and here is how you can celebrate and take part right here, in Liverpool:


International Women’s Day ‘Wonderful Women’ Event

The Homeless Period Liverpool and Merseyside People’s Assembly are presenting a drop-in event where any member of the public can come along and meet the ‘Wonderful Women’ activists of Liverpool, where you can learn about their projects and learn how to get involved. This would be a marvellous opportunity for those who would like to learn and get involved with a charity directly involved with the struggles real women face on a day-to-day basis in Liverpool.

When: Wednesday, 7th March 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Big Love Sista, Liverpool

Booking: Drop-in event, free


International Women’s Day Boogie 24 Kitchen Street

Melodic Distraction Radio and 24 Kitchen Street are teaming up to present ‘a day-to-night celebration of the creative women and female-identifying beauties of Merseyside.’ 24 Kitchen Street has been known as the birthplace of Feminist Societies’ infamous Exhibitchin event, where like-minded feminists join together to dance the night away to fabulous music by all female artists. So, it’s sure to say that Kitchen Street will deliver a quality night of celebrating awesome women and their achievements in their own unique style. We are sure they will not disappoint, but be prepared to dance the night away and wear comfy shoes!

Open Decks & DJ workshop for chicks 5pm – 7pm
They are also having a mini-event before the main showdown where whether you’re a complete beginner or just finding your feet, this is a chance to come down, have a play, meet some fellow DJs’ and get jamming.

When: Thursday, 8th March 18:00-3:00am

Where: 24 Kitchen Street


Price: £5.50

(Make sure to bring your ID as this is an 18+ event)


Talk: Inequality & Discrimination: How we must talk about intersectionality

Get informed at the launch event for the School of Physical Sciences Equality and Diversity Seminar Series, where they aim to discuss equality and diversity by examining the barriers certain groups of people face and how this can intersect with each other. They will also be discussing how we can change the School of Culture to improve everyone’s experiences at the University. This event will be led by Dr Wanda Wyporska who will draw insights from her work in these areas, to accumulate discussion on what can be done to ‘make society fairer.’

When: Thursday, 8th March 12:30-1:30pm

Where: Gossage Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Building



Museum of Liverpool ‘Taking Liberties’

If you would like to hear more about the historical side to International Women’s Day, head down to the Museum of Liverpool to check out a display by the 1918 group, of objects relating to women’s suffrage. Enjoy viewing the objects whilst reading why these objects are important and what they can tell us about the Liverpool campaign to give women the right to vote. This display also includes oral history recordings of a number of Suffragettes telling their experiences first-hand.

When: All throughout 2018

Where: Museum of Liverpool

Booking: No need to book, free display


International Slavery Museum ‘Women of the Revolution’

If you would enjoy a more hands-on experience, head on down to the screen-printing workshop in the International Slavery Museum. Join artists from Paper Moon Print Studio to screen-print a lovely tote bag celebrating the ‘brave and inspirational’ women activists who campaigned for equal rights for women. You will also get a chance to get involved with the objects from the collections and learn more about the women leaders of the British and American civil rights movements. This is a unique family-friendly event which will be a fun experience for all.

When: 10th March 1-4pm

Where: The International Slavery Museum

Booking: Drop-in event, free.


Black Women Sailors in history Talk

Head down to the Merseyside Maritime Museum to hear speaker Dr Jo Stanley, author of ‘From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 years of women at sea’ Enjoy this more diverse perspective of International Women’s Day. Immerse yourself in the story of Grenada, the navy’s first and only known black female sailor and how this has progressed to the modern story of Belinda Bernnett, who in 2016 became the first Black Woman cruise ship ‘master.’ Then feel free to explore the rest of the museum for a family-friendly day out.

When: 11th March 2.30-3.30pm

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

Booking: Drop-in event, free.


International Women’s Day: Big Bad Feminist Quiz Night

This event is in partnership with Grrrl Power Liverpool to celebrate International Women’s Day with a Big Bad Feminist Quiz at Frederiks, Hope Street. This event also has special offers on pizza or a limited edition International Women’s Day cocktail. There will also be lots of fabulous prizes to be won and a brilliant opportunity to meet people who work in the digital sector, in an informal setting. The creators of this event would like to emphasis that all are welcome and you do not need expert feminist knowledge to play. There is also a maximum of 6 per team and if you are flying solo, you will be matched up! The tickets are also first come first serve, so get a move on to get involved in this awesome event.

When: Thursday, 8th March

Where: Frederiks, Hope Street



Nasty Women Exhibition Launch & Gig

This event is a showcase of international artists coming together in Liverpool to promote powerful and positive female identities. Constellations will be transformed into ‘Nasty Women’s exhibition space for one weekend only!’ There will be over 40 inspirational artists showcasing their work at the launch, which will feature live bands, poetry and a ‘mature’ viewing space, as well as food and drink provided. There will also be a music lineup showcasing their amazing talent. They are described to be ‘a force to be reckoned with in the coming music scene’ – this includes Hannah’s Little Sister, Jessica Ray and Anna. This is sure to be a fun and powerful night that you will be talking about for months! If you didn’t think it could get better than that, all proceeds raised will go towards Merseyside Based Women’s and Children’s Aid Refuge.

When: Friday, 9th March 18:00-1:00

Where: Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street


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