Written by: Naomi Mason
To celebrate International Women’s Day, this blog post is dedicated to all you lovely ladies who make our college what it is.
Did you know we celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March because women in Soviet Russia gained suffrage on 8 March 1917, making it a National holiday there? Before this, IWD had been celebrated since 1911 on 19 March in a few European countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark). The UN then adopted the date, celebrating International Women’s Day ‘officially’ for the first time in 1975.
International Women’s Day is all about recognising female achievements, raising awareness about gender equality and celebrating the women you love.
Take a few minutes out of your day today to appreciate the amazing women around you –your mums, sisters, aunties, cousins and friends.
You are absolute QUEENS the lot of you!
How about a special shout out to the wellbeing team who keep the tampons stocked up in the girls’ toilets? Or the lovely cleaners who put up with our rubbish (literally) on a daily basis?
Thank you. Seriously. Thank you.
So on the theme of fabulous women, I’ve put together a bit of a different post for you today. Listed below you’ll find some highlights over the past year of female achievements, girl power anthems (may contain cheese #sorrynotsorry) and a round-up of ladies I think are actually worth a follow on the gram.
2018/19 has been a big year for women all around the world – here’s 5 things you should know about:
April 2018: Beyoncé was the first African-American woman to headline Coachella
May 2018: Selena Williams reaches the Grand Slam final just 8 months after giving birth (side note- go watch her recent campaign video with Nike!)
June 2018: Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on female drivers
October 2018: Nadia Murad became the first Iraqi woman to receive the Nobel Peace prize (won jointly with Denis Mukwege)
February 2019: Ariana Grande is the first solo artist EVER to take the top 3 spots of the Billboard Hot 100’s at the same time
Playlist for your day
10 songs to bring out your inner sass-pot or just to remind you of your self-worth. Go have a fabulous Friday.
“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
“Who Says” – Selena Gomez
“Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Wings” – Little Mix
“Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
“You don’t own me” – Grace/G-Eazy
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Why Not” – Hilary Duff
“Hard out Here” – Lily Allen
(** disclaimer: apologies for the lack of Ariana Grande. I couldn’t choose just 1 for the list but I recommend you listen to her whole thank u, next album. Over and over again. And no, this was not written by Molly).
Some of my favourite UK ‘influencers’ who will actually add value to your news feed:
For self-love and positive body image, look no further than
Chessie King! ~ Instagram @chessiekingg
For sarcasm and someone who truly doesn’t take herself seriously?
Lucy Mountain ~ Instagram @thefashionfitnessfoodie
For someone who questions ‘what even is adulting?’ and discusses all things feminism – Oenone Forbat ~ Instagram @uhnonee
For a woman who takes the ‘taboo’ out of discussing sex and relationships, follow
Oloni ~ Instagram: @simplyoloni / Twitter @Oloni
For motivation to work hard and be a girl boss completely unapologetically, meet final year Oxford student, entrepreneur and fitness guru
Grace Beverley ~ Instagram: @gracefituk
Find out more on this year’s theme #BalanceforBetter or just more about the history of the day by visiting the official website for IWD:
This post was not written to exclude, offend or stereotype, but simply as a celebration of women. Please take it in the spirit it was meant and just enjoy the tunes x