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International Women’s Day

By Zaynah and Alex-Anne

Tuesday 8th of March was International Women’s Day, celebrating women from different political, cultural and economic backgrounds. It was first held in 1911, to commend the achievements of women and has been recognised by the United Nations since 1975.

The theme this year was ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030’ to achieve equality worldwide in areas like education.

Originally called International Women’s Working Day, females from the world of sports to film are acknowledged for their outstanding work. We interviewed teachers from Great Academy Ashton about their views on International Women’s Day.

“It’s about time people realise what women do,” P.E teacher Mrs Houlgrave told us. “There are a lot of amazing women in the world like politicians, pop stars and of course teachers.”

She also stated that she respected Angelina Jolie.

“I would say Angelina Jolie because of all the humanitarian work she does. She’s an author, actor, ambassador for charities and a mum.”

A science teacher at Great Academy Ashton, Mr Leitch, on who inspires him said: “My wife of course, but apart from her Marie Curie. She is the only person who has won two Nobel Prizes for two different sciences.”

Although this day was initially created to empower women, there is one thing that has not changed and it is the gender payment gap. Even though equal pay legislation was introduced in 1970, most women are still paid 24.6% less than males. Despite this, many women want to enjoy this day to remember the women who they aspire to be like and value the work many females have done to make this possible.
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