The 51%

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Tuesday 8th March 2022 is International Women’s Day.

Here are my picks of 5 TV shows – 5 books – 5 films – 5 pieces of women’s history (should that be herstory?) and 5 ongoing events that celebrate the achievements of women, amplify their voices and call out inequalities on the basis of sex.

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5 Recent TV shows that smash the Bechdel Test

Call The Midwife

The Handmaid’s Tale

Orange is The New Black

Better Things

The Nevers

Broad City

My Top 5 Books by Women (these change every week depending on my mood)

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Secret History by Donna Tartt


5 Films written or directed by a woman or have a predominantly female cast. (I must say that the way some of these trailers were cut, does soften and ‘prettify’ the content of the film!)


Did Gillian Anderson’s role in The X Files encourage more girls to study STEM? Read The Scully Effect

How cycling enabled women’s freedom in more ways than one. Read here.

Why was women’s football banned in the UK, despite attendances of 53,000? Read here.

Katharine Johnson, the mathematics and computer operator for NASA, pioneering calculations for space travel. Read here.

Women’s History Month

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Current events….

On This Day She……. (putting women back into history, one day at a time)

Caroline Criado Perez – Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Do you know which country has the highest representation of women in Government? The answer may surprise you. Read here.

Anonymous was a woman

The legacy of RBG

Finally, we take it for granted that we have access to sanitary towels and toilets. But what if we didn’t? (No, not the Urinary Leash) but an Oscar-winning short film, called ‘Period. End of Sentence’. Period poverty is a real thing, holding back millions of girls and women from achieving anywhere close to their full potential.

9 thoughts on “The 51%

  1. Great post to affirm women. One thing I’m finding to be true in our modern culture is there are so many women who are pushing to be “better than men.” But here’s the interesting face I have found to be true: the more women strive to be like a man, the more she loses her uniqueness as a woman. There are so many things a woman was made ti do that a man was not.
    Let us strive harder to be stronger women by being a stronger WOMAN, not by confirming to be a man. 😉

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  2. Thank you for this marvelous collection of affirmations for women. I am only beginning to tap in to some of the links. This will take awhile to absorb. Thank you for the time it took to put it together. 👍🏽❤️

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    1. When compiling it, I found a few things that I found fascinating. Sadly, it makes complete sense that Rwanda would have the highest proportion of women in government than any other country. Who’d have ever thought that such a simple thing as a sanitary towel machine would change so many lives?

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