International Women's Day

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Marist Men (the ten male teachers across Prep and Senior) took the opportunity to bring together girls in Years 5, 6 and 7 and share the stories of the women that had inspired them to become teachers or in their specialist areas.

These women included Emily Davison, the militant suffragette, and former teacher and student at Royal Holloway and Oxford Universities; Phyllis Pearsall, the bohemian cartographer who invented the A-Z atlas and Marie Skłodowska Curie, physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity and only person to win two Nobel Prizes in different sciences. Girls also heard about Maria Gomez, a teacher and women’s right campaigner in El Salvador; Jacqueline Mary du Pré, the British cellist who continued to perform despite suffering from multiple sclerosis; and Constance Gore-Booth Markiewicz, the first female MP anywhere in the world, and first woman to hold a cabinet post.

The girls were encouraged to compare these inspirational figures by creating Top Trump cards and then to think about what they want to achieve and the mark they want to leave on the world.

Finally, with an eye on Mother’s Day, the girls were asked to consider the women in their families that can inspire them – moms, grans, and siblings.