Take action on International Women’s Day

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:06:00 GMT

International Women's Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be running a number of events to celebrate the day, on 8 March they will host an afternoon of activities in Roscoe Building.

The event will welcome guest speakers including Susan Oliver RN FRCN, MSc, OBE, Nurse Consultant in Rheumatology and Professor Maureen Baker CBE FRCGP, Immediate past Chair of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners and there will be panel discussions.

The panel sessions will start at 1pm, with registration and light refreshments from 12:30pm.

International Women's Day is not just for WOMEN, male colleagues are welcome the event. Registration, via Eventbrite, is required for the event.


As part of the build up to International Women’s Day itself, the University of Manchester (FBMH and FSE) is working with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford to deliver a Women in STEM event at the Central Library. This event, which is to be held on Monday 6 March is open to Key Stage 3 students from local Manchester schools and will focus on meeting women who work within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

In addition, on Thursday 2 March the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be presenting “Exploding Women” – top comedy duo LipService will explode the myth of women scientists, exploring the lives of five of Manchester’s finest female boffins: Kathleen Drew, Queen of seaweed; Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Rubix cube expert; Caroline Birley, fossil hunter; Marie Stopes, palaeobotanist; and Dame Margaret Beckett, metallurgist. Introducing Ali Briggs as Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Manchester’s maths genius who was Deaf from aged 8

Entry is free and tickets must be booked in advance. The event will be BSL interpreted.