International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on the 8th of March. Women view it as a day that brings attention to the battle that has been fought in the past and present and how, in these uncertain times, will continue to be waged in the future. The day shines a light on those women who have achieved so much in a world that has been pitted against them. It recognizes the victories and sacrifices of the suffragettes to achieve what many men had taken for granted, the right to vote. It rejoices in the tireless work of women who strive for all females to be educated. It waves the flag for women who demand the right to have control of their own fertility and reproduction. The day is vitally important to teach the young and the old about the power of women, what they as a gender have faced and achieved. Events across the world are taking place with many wearing red to show a sign of solidarity with a withholding of labour in, ‘daywithoutwomen’. In the North West, Edge Hill University is holding an International Women’s day celebration with all invited. Whilst the Museum of Liverpool is holding a range of talks and activities to highlight the power of women. All of these events take place on the 8th of March, however people of Chester can take part in a ‘Women of the World Festival’ at the new Storyhouse complex on May 21st and 22nd.
By Martha Carlyle
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