What is International Women's Day?

Thursday 08 March 2018

International Women’s Day is a celebration and recognition of the achievements of women across the world, throughout time, whether that be within cultural, social, economic, academic or political sectors.

At Ark Boulton, we endeavour to provide our students with amazing opportunities and are aware that due to gender stereotypes, some opportunities may not be as popular with our female students as with male students. Awareness days and campaigns such as these only help drive our curriculum, helping us to broaden our academic opportunities and experiences and prepare our students well for the challenges of the 21st Century.

One example of how we are continuously working to break down gender stereotypes is with our ‘Girls Active’ project, an initiative to help girls engage within sport and games, whilst recognising their individual needs. We recognise the importance of engagement in sport and physical activity at our academy, for the maintenance of health, and development of social skills, but also to encourage female student leaders in sport.

Along with our female sport leaders, as an academy, we run regular events and enrichment clubs to engage more and more female peers into sport. Weekly activities include dance lessons, football coaching, cricket, and fun and games.

“I am unbelievably proud with the level of engagement and energy from the girls. They really threw themselves in, trying new sports and making new friends.” Mrs. Huckstep, Director of Health & Wellbeing.

Inspirational Women through time…

Mother Teresa | 1910 - 1997

A selfless individual who decided to dedicate her whole life to help the poor and unfortunate. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her lifelong charity work.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa.

Amelia Earhart | 1897 - 1939

The first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Being a pilot was hugely considered to be a “male job” and Amelia’s bravery inspired many women to fight the stereotypes in the working world.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart.

Anousheh Ansari | 1966 – Present

Anousheh, an engineer with a masters degree in engineering and computer science, became the first Muslim woman in space in 2006. After her flight she commented, "I hope to inspire everyone, especially young people, women and young girls all over the world to not give up their dreams and to pursue them. It may seem impossible at times, but I believe they can realise their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen."

Emmeline Pankhurst | 1858 - 1928

An activist known for her passion to fight for women’s rights and was the leader of the British suffragette movement to win the right for women to vote.

“Justice and judgement lie often a world apart.” Emmeline Pankhurst.

Nicola Adams OBE | 1982 - Present

The first woman to win an Olympic boxing title in 2012 and 2016 winning Olympic Gold Medals. An amazing achievement within a sport which is usually considered to be male dominated. 

Is there anyone in your life who you aspire to and inspire you to become a better version of yourself?