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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.
5 Recent TV shows that smash the Bechdel Test
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.
Do you know which country has the highest representation of women in Government? The answer may surprise you. Read here.
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.