International Women's Day (8th March)

Feb. 26, 2020

International Women’s Day falls on Sunday 8th March and this year, the theme is #EachToBeEqual. The day is about celebrating women and their achievements, whilst challenging stereotypes, bias, discrimination and perceptions. It’s important that the world is equal and each person, regardless of gender is treated with the same respect.

To mark International Women’s Day, we have several resources and activities for you to use on Purple Mash to explore and write about inspirational women from across the globe. From politicians and nurses to Olympians and scientists, we have them all.

Why not start with writing about Anne Frank and her diary? We have several activities that you can use to write about her life and her diary. Your pupils can even put themselves in the shoes of Anne Frank and write a diary entry as if they are her, or, click on the icons to select the activity you wish to use with your class.

The suffragette movement pathed the way for equality regarding women being allowed the vote. One of the main leaders of this movement was Emily Davison. We have several activities that you can use to understand why Emily Davison is celebrated on IWD. Use 2Email to respond to Emily about what she has achieved and the key points about why the suffragette movement was needed.

Do you want to have a conversation with Olympian, Jessica Ennis-Hill? Use 2Email to chat to her about her successes and find out more about her. To practice your writing skills, use our writing template to write all about her and her achievements.

Florence Nightingale was a nurse during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. Our 2Email simulation allows your pupils the chance to speak to Florence Nightingale with helping her persuade the British government to improve the conditions for injured soldiers. For your younger pupils, you can use our Florence Nightingale Mashcam and write a thought-bubble about what she is thinking.  For the older pupils, use our Interview template to create a magazine article about her life, or alternatively read about her life with our Florence Nightingale slideshow.

We also have activities to use celebrating Grace Darling, an English Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, who participated in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838. For pupils in Year 4-6, they can write a newspaper article about the shipwreck and Grace Darling, or alternatively, create a magazine-style article about the rescue whilst testing their interview skills.

Share how you’re celebrating International Women’s Day with us over on our Twitter account, @2SimpleSoftware.

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