International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March 1911. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and to end discrimination. Today we have female astronauts and prime ministers; school girls are welcomed into university; women can work and have a family; women have real choices. In some countries IWD has even been declared an official holiday.

Local heroines

Scotland has a long tradition of women trailblazers and high achievers, including:  Elsie Inglis, Eliza Wigham, Mary Slessor, and Katherine Ramsay, the Duchess of Atholl, to name just a few. We won’t attempt to list more recent high achievers, but instead mention just two Scottish women who have recently had their talent and dedication to their work acknowledged. Two women working in two very different fields:

Karen Darke, who last October was presented with the 2010 Woman of Achievement Award for her strength and determination in overcoming a cliff fall at the age of 21 which left her paralysed – she has gone on to scale mountains and embark on a number of challenging adventures, raising thousands of pounds for charity. And Liz Lochhead, who was recently confirmed as the new Scots Makar, a post she described as “an enormous honour”, going on to say “I accept it on behalf of poetry itself, which is, and always has been, the core of our culture, and in grateful recognition of the truth that poetry – the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart – all of this matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere.”

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One Response to “International Women’s Day”

  1. Mary Says:

    Well done Girvan for celebrating and advertising International Women’s day in AYrshire

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