Thursday 8 March is a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been formerly celebrated on 8 March since 1977, when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to celebrate the day as the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.
Each year a new IWD campaign begins on 8 March. The theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress, a call-to-action to progress gender parity and equality, which has been highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report.
Here at The Pirbright Institute, we are celebrating women who have made incredible achievements in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) industries. Professer Helen Sang, The Roslin Institute and Judith Batchelar OBE, Sainsburys are visiting the Institute today, inspiring colleagues through seminars and networking events.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter channels throughout the day where a number of our female scientists and students have spoken about their research, how they became interested in science and just what it is they love about it.