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This International Women’s Day (8 March) we’re celebrating the varied and vital roles women in Portsmouth have played during the pandemic. From the front line medics and public health professionals, to the carers, teachers, volunteers, essential workers and home-schoolers.

Did you know?

  • Women make up almost 70% of the health care workforce
  • 79% of jobs in the health and social work sector are held by women
  • 70% of people working in education are women
  • Women represent the overwhelming majority of long-term care workers
  • Employed women are much more likely than employed men to have adult care responsibilities
  • In Portsmouth, women were more likely to volunteer during the pandemic
  • Women in Portsmouth were more likely to report that the pandemic has had a negative impact on their household finances

What is International Women's Day?

First marked in 1911, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day aims to encourage individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to come together and celebrate women’s achievements and call for women’s equality.

You can find out more about International Women’s Day on the official website and see how people around the world are coming together on 8 March.

How you can support International Women's Day in Portsmouth

We’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on 8 March, so get involved – like, comment, share and show your support for International Women’s Day 2021.

  • Why not share your story or the stories of women who have inspired you. What challenges have they faced and overcome?
  • If you’re posting online, use the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge, #IWD2021 and #IWDPortsmouth to join in the conversations around International Women’s Day
  • You can also download #ChooseToChallenge selfie posters from the International Women’s Day website

Find out what else is happening this International Women's Day

Read more about Famous Women of Portsmouth on the Visit Portsmouth website.

The D-Day Story is choosing to challenge the traditional view of women in wartime. Discover the jobs you could have carried out if you lived during WW2, such as plotting the course of the D-Day invasion or leading resistance fighters. Follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on 8 March as we share stories of inspiration women working in extraordinary times.

You can join a whole host of online events around the world to mark International Women’s Day – find out more on the International Women’s Day website.

Read a selection of stories from women who live or work in Portsmouth and hear how the pandemic has affected them, their jobs and home lives.