Celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March

7 March 2019

Celebrations for International Women’s Day this year will see millions come together, to celebrate and commemorate. Historically celebrated since 1909, the day may have assumed a more global dimension in recent years, but Coventry has long been a seat of activism (our very own Lady Godiva an example of that).

Much has changed of course, but this year’s theme of #BalanceForBetter got us thinking over at the 2021 offices: Who are these women that inspire us?

From the “fearless and creative” Stevie Nicks, to the “pioneering” Delia Derbyshire, our team had a lot to say about the influential women in our lives. The political and charitable work of Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Jasvinder Sanghera played a key part of our conversations as we discussed how they’ve helped to improve the lives of so many. Inspirational women from past and present were celebrated, from the pioneering space exploration of Mae Carol Jemison to the recent sporting feats of Coventry’s own Kare Adenegan.

That’s not all, there’s Sandi Toksvig’s mission to re-write history to include the achievements of women, to Mary Portas’ charisma and skill in breathing new life into the high street, not mention the “unstoppable and simply amazing” Cher, our team certainly looks up to a varied and dynamic group of women. It is this perseverance and tenacity we find so inspirational.

Another common theme for us, was the women there from the beginning: Our mums. From being “beautiful, radical, socially engaged and creative” to being a figure that “never stopped loving, no matter the circumstance.” It is this struggle and passion that came through when discussing how we look up to them.

The values that underpin International Women’s Day are ones we strive to embody here at 2021 HQ. You can join in the fun and celebrations at events happening across the city:

  • Kick off your Friday morning with a networking event put on by Woman Who Inspires. Everyone is welcome, come and meet likeminded people in the beautiful surroundings of Coombe Abbey.
  • Friday also sees the UK Women’s Budget Group and the Coventry Women’s Partnership launch their newest report on the status of the funding for the women’s sector. Join them at their event at the council.
  • Top pick: Spend Friday evening celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of women in the city, with some amazing speakers and a 3-course meal. It’s set to be an evening of hope and change, with funds raised being re-invested into women’s charities across the city. Get your tickets here.
  • On Friday night the Lord Mayor is hosting an evening of art, food and poetry at St Mary’s Guildhall. Details can be found here, or call the Mayor’s office on 02476 833 100.
  • Round your weekend of celebrations off at Backhaus&Co at Fargo village, where they will be hosting a whole day of music and comedy in association with Coventry University SU and the Women Students Community. Find out more here.
  • Want to continue the celebrations? ‘’I am her”, an exhibition curated by maokwo, an arts organisation that brings artists together to confront social issues through art, will be on show at St Mary’s Guildhall from the 11th – 24th of March. It is free entry, find out more here.

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