Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

 

Recognising the spirit of this momentous day, it seemed only fitting that an ‘All Girls’ school should commemorate leading female figures.

Today’s assembly highlighted women from the past such as Simone de Beauvoir and strong women from the present, notably the many girls from Moreton who had battled and triumphed at the Lacrosse Nationals.

The afternoon saw a Moreton Means Business Mini Conference, created to provide students with an opportunity to gain a first-hand insight from some fantastic women in business. 

And we end with the closing words of Rotary public speaker winner Eloise who raised the question: Has sexism been solved?

You’re most likely thinking, 'Sexism has not been solved, but maybe it hasn't changed either?'

When in fact, there have been many advances for gender equality in the last century.

The suffragette movement began in 1903 and after 26 years of tough, resilient women, rebelling against their sexist laws, women finally won the right to vote in 1929. Since then, we've had 2 female prime ministers who have certainly made some influential changes to our country.

In Saudi Arabia, they approved women to be able to drive on the 24th of June 2016. This may seem like such a simple privilege for us, however, this was a huge step forward for gender equality in Saudi Arabia.

Lastly, in 2014 in the UK, same-sex marriage was legalised.

It's because of these, and so many more achievements, that people have seen that change can happen if we all step up as one to fight for equality.

Emmeline Pankhurst was a very inspirational woman who helped women all over the country across many different aspects, however, she is most known for being one of the main suffragette leaders.

So I feel it is only right to end with a quote from her.

"I know we will create a society where there are no people without work or beauty in their lives, where money will disappear, where everyone will have enough.”