Today is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of women all across the world – From women in politics, to sport and everything in between. It is also a day that promotes equality; which is when everyone is treated the same no matter who they are, where they come from, or whether they are male or female. Sadly we live in a world where people’s opportunities can be limited by their background, gender identity or the colour of their skin. This is wrong.
International Women’s Day highlights the amazing contribution women make to our world and the gap in recognition and support they receive when compared to men. For example, the pay gap between men’s average earnings and women’s in 18%!
To mark International Women’s Day we want you to think about women who inspire you and are working to make a difference. This could be the education campaigner Malala Yousafzia, author J K Rowling or some of last summer’s amazing Olympians and Paralympians like local stars Helen Richardson-Walsh, Beckie Downie or Sophie Hahn. It doesn’t have to be famous people either – women working in our schools, emergency services and other jobs are the everyday heroes that we need to reconise today as well. History is a great place to look for inspiring people too and at OppNotts we think Emily Wilding Davison, a school teacher from near Newcastle who campaigned for Vote for Women over 100 years ago, is some who should be celebrated. Go on, find someone who inspires you!