International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day is marked each year on 8 March
. It is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history.   

We are getting involved through a series of events, by sharing your stories and by raising awareness of the opportunities and resources available to all women in our Herts community.  


We are also supporting this year's theme which is Choose To Challenge. Everyone can get involved by showing their support and solidarity. Raise your hand to show you’re in and that you choose to challenge and call out inequality.  


Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share your photo with us by emailing Also share on social media, don’t forget to tag us @uniofherts and use #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.  


#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021  


Take a look below to find out more: 

- Events 
- Stories from our community 
- Resources 


Monday 8 March, 12:30 – 14:00  

An online lunch break for International Women's Day to share artwork and inspiration on the theme of #ChooseToChallenge 

Mockup Workshop and mini-hackathon
Monday 8 March, 15:00 - 19:00
To celebrate #IWD2021, our alumna Mitchelle will be delivering a workshop on moqups, a software prototyping tool. The workshop is open to all, and no previous experience is required. Following the workshop, we will be hosting a mini-hackathon with prizes for the winning team. You can either attend with your team, or join a team on the day.

Hey Koko

Monday 8 March - 31 March 

A performance from spoken-word artist Koko Brown, sharing works from her collection including I Was A Tree and An Ode to the Strong, Independent, Black Woman. 

Monday 15 March, 14:00 - 15:00 

Join our School of Life and Medical Sciences for this event with Professor Dame Jane Dacre who will be talking about the recent government review into the gender pay gap in medicine. 

Stories from our community

Meet Kayleigh

Meet Laura

 Meet Jilly

 Meet Jane

Meet Greta

Meet Amna

 Meet Jo

 Meet Chrystelle


We’ve put together a diverse range of book, movies, TV shows and podcasts for you to check out that are perfect for International Women’s Day. Let us know your recommendations by tagging @uniofherts  



Don’t Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri 

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink - Scarlett Curtis   

Home Body (Poetry) - Rupi Kaur  

Three Women - Lisa Taddeo  

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo 



Movies and TV Shows 

Pieces of a Woman (Film, Netflix)  

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Film, Netflix)  

Booksmart (Film, Netflix)  

The Queen’s Gambit (Series, Netflix)  

RBG (Doc, Netflix)  



Telling Everybody Everything - Katherine Ryan  

The Gurls Talk Podcast - Adwoa Aboah 

Woman’s Hour - BBC Radio 4  



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