International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supporting over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
This year, the theme for IWD is ‘gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’. On this day, people appreciate the strong, intelligent, talented and simply extraordinary women in their lives. The goal behind IWD is to spread the message of gender equality, celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in different spheres, and work towards building a society free of all gender biases, stereotypes, gender parity and discrimination.
As part of our Lyonsdown Learning Challenge and in tune with IWD role models, the girls have changed the names of their School Houses through a process of nomination and voting.
Green House is now Anning House in memory of Mary Anning
Mary Anning – 21 May 1799 – March 1847
Yellow House is now Earhart House in memory of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart 24th July 1897 – 19th July 1939
Red House is now Nightingale House in memory of Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale 12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910
Blue House is now Parks House in memory of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks 4 February 1913 – 24 October 2005
The girls in Year 3 – Year 6 researched their Female ‘House Champions’ and designed a poster which explains why each female should be chosen, this included the following:
– her background
– her special achievement/s
– which Lyonsdown Learning Habits the girls feel particularly exemplifies and why
– why she is a role model for women and girls today
The girls in Pre-Reception to Year 2 were asked to draw an excellent picture of their House Champion using their Lyonsdown Learning Habits, showing why she is remembered.
These wonderful artworks can be found displayed in the Foyer of the School.