Events celebrate International Women’s Day 2020

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A series of University and College events are taking place around this year’s International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8 March.

Family days, art exhibitions, inspiring speakers and talks will explore the experiences of women, the barriers they have faced and how these barriers have been overcome. The events will also celebrate the efforts of a new generation of women demanding the recognition they deserve.

More information about the activities and events is available through the links provided:

Friday 6 March, 10am to 2pm - International Women's Day at Cambridge University Hospitals – The Hexagon, Frank Lee Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

All are welcome to join a celebration of inspiring women with a day of talks, stalls and networking, including a talk and Q&A with Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, junior doctor, BMA Council member, and disability advocate, and Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England, Professor of Midwifery at King's College London and London South Bank University.

More information is available here>>>

Saturday 7 March, 2pm to 4pm – Celebrating Women in Science and Conservation - Museum of Zoology, Discovery Space and Galleries, Downing Street

A celebration of the amazing women working to understand and better protect the world around us. Hear from the women at the forefront of zoology and conservation with a series of talks for International Women's Day.

More information is available here>>>

Sunday 8 March, 3pm - International Women's Day Talk – The University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane

The Cambridge University India Society will present its annual speakers event for 2020. This year’s focus will be on women’s rights in India and the wider world. Gates PhD Scholars Saloni Atal (Christ’s College) and Sandile Mtetwa (Peterhouse) will be delivering their talk based on their respective research on women in India and Zimbabwe.

More information is available here>>>

Sunday 8 March, 3pm to 9.30pm - International Women's Day by New Hall Art Collection - Murray Edwards College

The launch of the new Femfolio exhibition as well as lots more activities in celebration of International Women's Day.

The Femfolio comprises 20 works by the leading women artists who were central to the feminist art movement in the 1970s. Artists include Emma Amos, Eleanor Antin, Nancy Azara, Betsy Damon, Mary Beth Edelson, Lauren Ewing, Harmony Hammond, Joyce Kosloff, Diane Neeumaier, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Slyvia Sleigh, Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero, May Stevens, Athena Tasha, June Wayne, and Martha Wilson.

The event also includes a discussion on being a BME woman artist, led by artist Permindar Kaur, a Music and Words event led by the joint Churchill and Murray Edwards Choir, with an address by Murray Edwards Fellow Dr Lucy Delap on 'Women's Futurity', and a screening at 8pm of Frida.

More information is available here>>>

Monday 9 March, 9am to 7.30pm - Celebrating 40 years of Women at Queens': Conference - Queens’ College

This is a free one-day conference to celebrate the past 40 years of Women at Queens' and discuss ideas for the future. Please note that the first four sessions are only open to current Queens' students, Fellows and staff; only the final session - Dr Hannah Dawson in conversation with Olivia Laing -  is open to the public (non-Queens' members can book for that through a different Eventbrite page).

More information is available here>>>

Monday 9 March to Saturday 14 March, 10am to 4pm – 24 Portraits: recovering and reimagining women’s labour - Department of Pathology, Tennis Court Road

Artist Emma Copley has created an immersive, site-specific, painted portrait installation in order to celebrate and address the representation of women who currently work in all areas of the Department of Pathology.

More information is available at this link

Saturday 14 March, 11am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3.30pm – Darwin’s Scientific Women - Cambridge University Library, Milstein Seminar Rooms, West Road

What do Charles Darwin’s letters tell us about the remarkable women who contributed to his scientific work? This workshop will explore how Darwin’s correspondence can help to build up a picture of the lives of women involved in his research and how they challenged what was expected of them. It will include a short presentation and a range of tasks and activities.

This workshop is aimed at children aged 10-14. Please book for the number of children aged 10-14 years attending. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer but these adults do not need to book a place.

More information is available here>>>

Wednesday 18 March, 5.30pm to 8.30pm - Women rising in STEM: biotech and beyond - Anglia Ruskin University, East Road

The Rising Network is proud to present Women Rising in STEM - Biotech and Beyond, an interactive mentoring event spotlighting on inspirational women in STEM.

Women have always played a hugely important role in the advancement of science, yet often their contribution has been hidden from history. This is now changing against a background of increased awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and the advent of a younger, more confident generation entering into science and demanding the recognition they deserve.

This event will see three inspirational female scientists, tell their stories about their biotech journey, including overcoming obstacles along the way, and how they have – and are – contributing to the body of scientific knowledge while enjoying rich and rewarding careers.

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

More information is available here>>>

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm - Ambition without limits: Women in STEM - Lee Hall, Wolfson College

Professor Jane Clarke, FMedSci FRS, distinguished biophysical chemist and President of Wolfson College, chairs a panel discussing women’s experience in STEM fields. She is joined by four women at various stages of their careers, both from the academy and industry. They will share what barriers they faced in their careers, how they successfully overcame them, and how they pave the way for subsequent generations of women in STEM.


  • Dr Susan Galbraith — Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Early Development, Oncology R&D at AstraZeneca
  • Dr Tamsin O’Connell — Reader in Isotopic Ecology, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Natalie Vriend — Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at the Cambridge Fluids Network
  • Anna Chaplin — PhD candidate in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival and part of Wolfson Explores ✱BORDERS 2020.

More information is available here>>>

Wednesday 18 March, 5.30pm to 6.45pm – I built that! A celebration of women in construction and real estate - Magdalene College, Cripps Court Auditorium, Chesterton Road

Construction and real estate are the reasons that the built environment exists around us. It requires a collaborative effort - from the drawing board to on-site construction. Historically, the industry has been dominated by men, yet increasingly there are examples of women in the profession, and it is time to celebrate those from the past and those in the present that have helped shape the world around us.

This event will begin with a brief history of women who have helped to design and build the Cambridge that we see today. We will then transition to the present. Five women, including an architect, developer, engineer, planner and plumber, will give a short talk about their favourite construction or real estate project - celebrating that “I built that!”. An interactive question and answer session will follow using an online-platform to encourage contribution from all of those in the audience.

This event is part of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge programme hosted by Cambridge University Libraries, and generously supported by Cambridge Assessment, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, and the Friends of Cambridge University Library.

More information is available here>>>

Until Saturday 21 March, Monday to Friday 9am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9am to 4.40pm - The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge - Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

Curated by Dr Lucy Delap and Dr Ben Griffin, The Rising Tide focuses on the lived experiences of women at the University, the ongoing fight for equal educational rights, recognition, and inclusion in university activities, and the careers of some of the women who shaped the institution – from leading academics to extraordinary domestic staff and influential fellows’ wives.

More information is available here>>>

Sunday 22 March, 11.30pm to 12.30pm & 2.30pm to 3.30pm – StrongWomen Science – Cambridge Junction, J2 Clifton Way 

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife (an engineer) and Maria (an environmental scientist) reveal the amazing science behind their astounding tricks.

StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible.

StrongWomen Science is a Circus250 Production

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

More information is available here>>>


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