The 8th March marks International Women’s Day 2018. This year's International Women’s Day is especially important, as not only was 2017 an incredible year for feminism, but this year also marks 100 years since women first won the right to vote.
There are all kinds of events going on all over the world to celebrate the occasion, with something to suit all people and all budgets. Here are just a few of our favourite cheap or free events in some major UK cities.
London - International Women’s Day March 2018
It's the enormous annual march through central London to celebrate the big day! Everyone is welcome and it’s always a fantastic occasion. There are also literally hundreds of other events going on so have a look for something near you! Top tip, if money’s a bit tight but you still want to get involved, have a look at what your university and the universities around you are doing, a lot of them have very cheap or free events for students and non-students alike.
Sheffield - She-fest
Sheffield’s Feminist Fringe-Festival She-Fest is back from the 5th -11th of March, boasting loads of talks, activities, and discussion groups. You can read their handy brochure here, which gives times, dates, and lets you know who the event is for.
Glasgow - Women in Banking and Finance, International Women’s Day Networking Evening
Coretta Barry is giving a talk on 8th March at the Erdington Group. Tickets are £5, or free for members, so if you’re a woman who wants to work in the banking and finance sphere, it's worth getting a years membership!
Norwich - UEA Live, International Women’s Day Edition
Get down to the Dragon Hall on 8th March for this free event, featuring Joanna Walsh and Naomi Wood - find out more here!
Manchester - Wonder Woman Festival
Manchester’s Wonder Woman Festival has a tonne of events, talks and exhibitions to celebrate International Women’s Day. Check out the listings here. Manchester has an extra-special affiliation to International Women’s Day as it is the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the suffragette movement. (The Deaf Institute is also holding an Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal snogging event to celebrate International Women’s Day, hosted by Thirsty Girls, tickets for that are here).
Liverpool - International Women’s Day tour at the Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is holding several tours focusing on women which you can attend for free. There’s also a lot of other events and tours at this museum, The International Slavery Museum, and several art galleries. Find out more here.
Bristol - Bristol Women’s Voice Event
Bristol Women’s Voice is holding an International Women’s Day celebration in the City Hall on 3rd March. The event boasts “more than 50 activities, workshops, performances, music, interactive theatre, hot topic debates and more”, and entry is free! (Although they do suggest a £3 donation). Get all the details here.
Brighton - International Women’s Day Celebration at the Dome
On Saturday 3rd of March Brighton Dome is hosting its annual International Women’s Day celebration. The event is free, and includes “a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts & crafts, causes and campaigns, with fun for all the family”. Get all the details here.
Leeds - Leeds Girls Can, International Women’s Day Clubbercise
Leeds has a whole host of International Women’s Day Events, perhaps the quirkiest of which is an evening clubbercise session - glow sticks included! Get all the info for this event and many others here.
Edinburgh - “Investing for Everyone - Can Finance Help Close the Gender Equality Gap?”
Edinburgh University presents Anne Richards on 7th March, who is giving a talk focusing on the financial sector. Tickets are free but need to be booked via Eventbright, get all the info here.
Warwick - talk by Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE
Warwick university proudly presents Cherron Inko-Tariah, who will be giving a talk on 8th March - registration is essential for those who want to attend - book your place here.
So wherever you live, show your support for women everywhere and get involved!
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