International Women’s Day

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Celebrate International Women’s Day, Monday 8 March, with various activities, all of which hit our isoLEARN themes.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.



TedTalks are a great source of encouragement and engagement. They’re usually about 5 – 15 minutes long and there are many that would fit International Women’s Day.

In December 2019 H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke about being the first woman president of an African nation (Liberia) and tells the story of how Liberian women helped rebuild their country after years of civil war. She also discusses why gender equality is essential to both peace and prosperity.


CultureNL Museums Collection

Our friends and colleagues in CultureNL museums have been digitising objects and information telling the story of North Lanarkshire Lives. Policing North Lanarkshire : Women in the Force tells the story of the pioneers of women in the police force in Lanarkshire.

Policing North Lanarkshire: Women in the Force

The Scottish Women’s Convention

The Scottish Women’s Conventions annual International Women’s Day celebration at the Scottish Parliament is going digital this year and you can register for free to attend. Chaired by Linda Fabiani MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer – the event will include various speakers to will discuss the experiences over the last year and their hopes for what a post-Covid Scotland will look like for women.

You can register for the event at:

Ancestry (Family History)

Ancestry Researching

Researching your family tree is a great way to be able to explore the stories of the women in your family and communities. Ancestry Institution is available via CultureNL libraries. In this video Ancestry’s Crista Cowan provides some advice on how to discover the maiden names of the women in your family tree.


IWD Events

There are a number of online events for International Women’s Day that you might like to relax with and enjoy this year including a live streamed concert celebrating a century of music by British Women.

There are over 600 events listed on the International Women’s Day website which you could take part in. Find the full listing at

CultureNL Libraries Podcast

Perhaps you’d prefer to curl up with a good book watch out for our International Women’s Day themed podcast episode which will go live on Thursday 11 March, 6pm on all major podcast platforms.


Online Courses

Why not start a free course on one of the learning platforms featured in our Nurture section.
Perhaps the course on OpenLearn about The History of female protest and suffrage in the UK would be an interesting place to start


If you’d like to find out more about how International Women’s Day came about, we would point you towards a fantastic online article by the BBC which gives the history behind the celebration.