International Women’s Day

March 8th, International Women’s Day, is a moment to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, take action to drive gender parity and much more. See what the Library is doing to celebrate the day in this article!

By Daira Povez Gamboa.

Since the early 1900s, the International Women’s Day has been observed: in 1908, 15 000 women marched through New York City demanding better working conditions. In 1910, an international women’s day was approved during the Second International Conference of Working Women. Bread and Roses campaign and the “triangle fire” in New York City were 2 major events that drew attention to working conditions.

March 8th was chosen as the International Women’s Day (IWD) in 1913. It wasn’t until 1975 that the IWD was formally recognized by the UN.

This year campaign’s theme is “Embrace Equity” as a gender equity focus should be part of every society DNA; it is a must-have.

#EmbraceEquity campaign shows us that “equal opportunities are not longer enough” and that “equality” and “equity” are not interchangeable words.

A cartoon of for different types of people riding bicycles to illustrate the different between equality and equity.
Image: International Women’s Day.

“Equality” refers that each individual is given the same resources of opportunities while “equity” highlights that each person has different circumstances, conditions, backgrounds, and allocates resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. In other words, equity can be defined as giving everyone what they need to be successful.

Four women with short black hair wearing a variety of coloured tops all smiling at the camera.
Image: International Women’s Day.

With the International Women’s Day coming, the Library is preparing a display of a collection of books and resources to help you expand your knowledge about the importance of IWD. The display will be available soon on the first floor but in the meantime you can star enjoying our collection of books related to the topic:

1.My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst

2.The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

3.Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

4.Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World

5.My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Of course this is just an illustrative list of just some of the inspirational women that the Library has books on. A complete  list would never end as there has been so many female role models who have changed history

If you want to know more about other festivities at Warwick, why not take a look at Lunar New Year : in the world and at university and at the library previous exhibitions

If you were going to add a book to the Library’s collection for International Women’s Day, what would it be? Tweet us @warwicklibrary, message us on Instagram @warwicklibrary or email us at

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