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International Woman's Day is today as the first woman, Kathyrn Bigelow, wins Best Director

8th March 2010

International Womens Day is an annual event throughout the world designed to inspire women and celebrate achievements.  Political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events are run through the world to celebrate the day sitting alongside local and regional activities. 

International Womens Day is now an official holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation.  International Womens Day continutes to highlight the fact that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Speakers Corner are delighted that they have some fantastically successful female speakers on their books who talk about their successes in their fields of expertise and the motivional and business lessons we can all learn from them including the issues they faced as a female in a male dominated world.  These include the likes of Shaa Wasmund, Karren Brady, Jo Fairley and Michelle Dewberry

 

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