For more than a century March has been the official month to celebrate all the independent women out there, with March 8 marking International Women’s Day. In China, Nepal and Madagascar it’s even a public holiday solely for the ladies! We may not get the day off here in the UK (can we make that a thing?), but we do get treated to a whole host of awesome goings on. We’ve gathered a few of the finest happening throughout the capital to whet your appetites.
An all-female festival of street art and graffiti with talks and hands-on workshops taking place March 6-8. It’s worth tripping down to Leake Street tunnel on the final day too, as 150 artists make use of the infamous outdoor gallery to create a mural themed ‘Because I’m a Girl’.
The eagerly anticipated annual Women of the World festival returns until March 8 to celebrate the fighting spirits of women around the globe and their great achievements. Debates, markets, mentoring and evening events abound, but highlights include a performance by eclectic alt-popstrel Merrill Garbus, aka Tune-Yards (Mar 5); No Guts, No Theatre, No Glory – a play by Aisha Zia detailing the experiences of five young female Muslim boxers (Mar 5-8); and Sandi Toksvig hosts Mirth Control on Mar 8, with falsettoed northerner Sarah Millican and Sue Perkins.
Women Writing Science
Join a panel of historians on March 10 who’ll be examining the ways gender once limited women’s education and work, and how early female scientists managed to further their careers through writing. Plus, those attending will be among the first to see the Royal Society’s new bust of super-smart space scientist (surely the best kind) Dr Lucie Green.
Books. Chat. Relax.
A girls-only opportunity to attend talks, readings, discussions and meditations on March 7, all surrounding the theme ‘Make it Happen’.
All Change! Did the First World War Transform the Lives of London Women?
Find out at the London Transport Museum on March 10, where Beverly Cooke, the Museum of London’s working and social history curator, will be discussing the independence gained by London’s women during WWI when all the men were sent off to fight.
What Tomorrow Brings at Ritzy Cinema
A screening of What Tomorrow Brings (Mar 20) followed by a talk with the filmmaker Beth Murphy, who’ll be discussing her documentary, which she made over the course of a year at the the first all-girls school in a remote village in Afghanistan.
See more events for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
By Danielle Goldstein