International Women's Day 2018

The University of Exeter has a history of running exciting events on International Women's Day, inviting external speakers to the University and celebrating the fantastic senior women working at the institution.

For International Women’s Day 2018 the Doctoral College will be holding an event to showcase the valuable women we have in this research-focussed community. This event is not only important for our community but emphasizes that we are engaged in a global celebration of progress towards gender equality. The first International Women’s Day was in 1911 and it is gratifying to see how far things have changed. It is a day to reflect on what progress has been made but also what there is still to do.

The World Economic Forum 2017 global gender gap report indicated that it will take 200 years to reach gender parity. One look at the International Women’s Day website shows that the official theme this year is #PressforProgress. #PressforProgress reinforces the idea that we need to keep putting the pressure on to achieve equality. The website urges us to choose one action to take to #PressforProgress, giving five areas to choose from. My favourite two are to forge positive visibility of women, and to celebrate women’s achievements.

These two actions will be showcased in the Doctoral College International Women’s Day event on Thursday 8 March 2018, 10:00 - 12:00 (Stretham Campus) and Thursday 8 March 2018, 12:00-14:00 (Penryn Campus). These events will celebrate the contributions from our female and non-binary PGRs and ECRs. We have a fantastic group of women who will present either their own research or their experiences as a female within their field of research.

In Streatham we have had confirmations of attendance from invited inspirational senior members of staff. These include Professor Debra Myhill and Professor Kim Soin who will attend and speak at the event. This mix of women from both early and established career stages will provide valuable networking opportunities and better visibility of potential role models. Alongside the event there is an online gallery of inspirational female and non-binary PGRs and ECRs who have been nominated by the University of Exeter community. If you are interested please do come along; the event is free and registration can be done through Eventbrite.