International Women’s Day is fast approaching and the day has never felt more relevant or more needed than in 2018.

The year marks 100 years since the first women were given the vote, and the International Women’s Day campaign theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress – encouraging friends, colleagues, and whole communities can come together to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day has been taking place for over a century, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In 2018 the celebration belongs to all groups in calling for gender parity.

You can get involved and celebrate in loads of different ways – from planning your own event or wearing violet, to taking a #PressforProgress selfie or attending an event in your area.

To help you get started we’ve put together a list of five ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day in Liverpool.

1. Celebrate with Liverpool Girl Geeks!

We’ve got a full day of activities planned for International Women’s Day this year – taking you through from early morning relaxation to late night cocktails.

Free pre-work Yoga session

Thursday 8th March, 7.45am – 8.30am

The Studio School
Free – booking essential

Start the day right and join us for a pre-work yoga session at The Studio School with White Wolf Yoga. This special women’s only session is free but booking is essential. Book your place here.

‘Be Your Own Role Model’ Lunch and Learn

Thursday 8th March, 12.30pm – 2.00pm 
Baltic Creative
£25 – lunch and refreshments included

We love to celebrate sheroes past and present every day of the year and on International Women’s Day we want YOU you to be your very own role model.

Join us and Ngunan Adamu for our ‘lunch and learn’ workshop and gain the confidence you need to be your own role model with practical confidence and communication techniques to implement right away. Click here to find out more.

Big Bad Feminist Quiz Night

Thursday 8th March, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
£5 – booking essential

How many women in tech can you name? Who made the news this week? Can you name that boss tune?

To round off your International Women’s Day we’re hosting a Big Bad Feminist Quiz in partnership with Grrrl Power Liverpool.

Everyone is welcome! Bring your team and enjoy special offers on pizza and limited edition cocktails. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know other people who work in digital in a relaxed setting.

Click here to find out more.

2. Events, talks and workshops at National Museums Liverpool

Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th March and beyond
Across National Museums Liverpool’s museums and galleries
Free – booking required for some events

Visit National Museums Liverpool’s museums and galleries to be inspired by some wonderful women during a range of events celebrating the roles and achievements of women.

Highlights include Sewn Heroines craft workshops at the International Slavery Museum and special tours of the Museum of Liverpool, talks at Walker Art Gallery and more.

Click here for more information.

3. Hang out at Blackburn House

Thursday 8 March, 10am – 1pm
Blackburn House
Free – drop in

Blackburn House is a gorgeous grade II listed building in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter and was the first girl’s school in Liverpool – opening in 1884.

They’re marking this year’s International Women’s day with a celebration event in their main hall.

Expect information on women’s health, a debating corner and arts and crafts activities.

Click here to find out more.

4. Celebrate women in research at LJMU

Thursday 8 March, 9.30am – 2.45pm
Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
Free – booking required

LJMU are hosting their annual Women in Research conference on International Women’s Day.

Celebrating women’s research, the event features some inspirational speakers and acknowledges the invaluable contribution that female researchers have dedicated to academia over the years.

The event is all-inclusive – everyone is welcome – and is held in partnership with LJMU’s Outreach, Equality and Diversity Teams as a part of the annual International Women’s Day campaign.

Click here to find out more and get your ticket.

5. Pay homage to women supporting women

Thursday 8 March, 2pm – 4pm
54 St James Street
Free for members – £25 donation to become a member for life

International Women’s Day is The Women’s Organisation’s favourite day of the year. And to celebrate they’ve got a special Business Club event called ‘Women are my sisters, not my competition’.

The Women’s Organisation’s Business Club is an exclusive women’s only networking group which is open to female business owners.

With a panel of inspirational women, the event will explore the ways in which women can work together to raise each other up, instead of competing against one another.

Click here to find out more.

6. Join in at the University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool
Various times
See website for times and ticket information

There is a wide range of events taking place at the University of Liverpool for International Women’s Day.

Attend a panel discussion with the Institute for Irish Studies, learn about the future of personalised health or take part in discussion on the value of intersectionality.

The events are taking place across the University of Liverpool campus on Thursday 8 March and beyond.

Visit the website to find out more.

7. Dance the night away at 24 Kitchen Street

Thursday 8 March , 6pm – 3am
24 Kitchen Street
Tickets from £3.50

24 Kitchen Street are hosting a day-to-night celebration of the creative women and female-identifying beauties of Merseyside.

Expect music, panel discussions and dancing all night long!

This full line up is still to be announced but you’ll get to know your future dancing friends in a quick-fire round of ‘Speed Mating’ dating-non-dating fun.

Bring your dancing shoes!

Click here to find out more.


By Emma Riley