It’s been a big year for women’s rights and visibility. The #MeToo movement has opened up a very public, difficult discussion. The presence of women in positions of power (like government) is a big talking point going into the federal election. There’s work to do - and at the same time, there are fantastic women everywhere worth celebrating.
International Women’s Day happens on the 8th of March. The theme for 2019 is ‘Balance for better’. We can’t wait to get involved in the celebration of women’s achievements, and push for greater gender equality everywhere.
You can join the International Women’s Day conversation on Twitter using the #BalanceforBetter hashtag.
You can also hold an International Women’s Day event in your social group or workplace to raise money for your favourite women’s charity (we love the Stella Prize, Share the Dignity and PANDA), or attend a local event.
Here at the library, we’ll be celebrating International Women's Day with a variety of different events: from celebrating local women, a self-defense workshop to a conversation about Germaine Greer. Events are happening between 6-9 March. See all IWD inspired events at the library here.
And of course, don’t forget to tell the women in your life how much you appreciate all they do!
Your Reading Stack
Our library collection includes stacks of fantastic reads that are perfect for International Women’s Day.
Consider adding these books to your "to be read" pile:
- Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys are very readable books about feminism and toxic masculinity, which ultimately provide some hope for the future.
- The gender pay gap is still an issue in Australia, as it is around the world. Jamila Rizvi’s Not Just Lucky and Annabel Crabb’s The Wife Drought both look at women in the work context.
- Jane Caro’s new Accidental Feminists explores the experience of women over fifty who have seen and pushed for so much change within their lifetimes.
Books for Younger Readers starring incredible women:
OR for a bedtime story of a different kind, check out the ABC’s Fierce Girls podcast, which introduces a new fierce Australian girl in every episode.