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International Women’s Day - Monday 8th March 2021

Holi celebration in Guwahati, Assam, India
Photographer: Varun Verma | Source: Unsplash

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day or IWD is a celebration held around the world to uplift the achievements made by women. It has been celebrated for over 100 years and can also be used to highlight the inequality some women still face today. Annually on the 8th of March events are held to raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities, as well as celebrating women’s achievements.

The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’, encouraging people to challenge the status quo, as a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change.

How Can You Join In?

To celebrate International Women’s Day in your Early Years settings, why not centre your story or circle time around female characters in fiction or history? To help, here are five empowering books to inspire your Early Years to choose to challenge:

1. Counting With Frida

Inspired by one of Mexico's most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, this book will introduce Early Years to numbers in both English and Spanish.

2. Dream Big, Little Leader

A beautiful book aimed at inspiring all little people of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

3. ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?

A whole alphabet of options for what the young women of today can be.

4. Rosa Parks: My First Rosa Parks

An international bestseller from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series - this book introduces the youngest dreamers to the 'Mother of the Freedom Movement.'

5. Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody

A parody on the well-known ‘Goodnight Moon’, showing the scientists of the future what it’s like to work in a lab.

Why not join in with International Women’s Day on your setting’s socials, using the hashtag #ChooseToChallenge? Don’t forget to tag That Nursery Life so we can see what you’ve been up to!