International Women's Day Resources


International Women’s Day provides primary and secondary teachers with a chance to inspire pupils by celebrating women’s achievements from around the world.

Marked annually on 8th March, the day can also be used to challenge gender stereotypes in society and to raise awareness of the issues facing women of today.

From celebrating pioneers in science and medicine such as Marie Curie and Florence Nightingale to authors including Jane Austen and JK Rowling, International Women’s Day is for recognising achievement and inspiring the scientists, artists and doctors of tomorrow.

The theme for 2021

For 2021, the theme for International Women’s Day takes note of the global pandemic, and focuses on Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

This is in recognition of the efforts of women globally in the recovery of the pandemic, and while secondary teachers may want to focus on career opportunities, in particular, there are plenty of resources and lesson ideas out there for those in primary and SEN teaching too.

For those looking to inspire on International Women’s Day, these are some of the resources you may wish to consider…

The International Women’s Day website

The main web channels for International Women’s Day feature a host of resources that are specifically designed for use in the classroom.

These school resources from DreamWorks Animation, Teach Starter, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Puffin Schools tackle a number of topics including inequality, gender bias and inspiration from female figures.

Alongside printable resources including fact sheets and activity booklets, primary and secondary teachers can also access lesson ideas and plans, games and reading lists.


Packed with key stage 1 resources for primary teachers, Twinkl includes a number of PowerPoint presentations and worksheets which can be delivered in the classroom or to those learning from home.

Take pupils on a journey as women fight for the vote, look into the role of the suffragettes or celebrate the achievements of inspirational figures such as Malala Yousufzai – the youngest winner of the noble peace prize – or famed palaeontologist Mary Anning.

Global Dimension

Help youngsters of all ages to discover inspirational women role models with the resources available at Global Dimension, which are designed to be weaved into English, geography, history or citizenship lessons.

One resource from International Women’s Day is developed in conjunction with Penguin Schools and is packed with lesson ideas, videos and visual aids – useful for SEN teachers looking for fun and engaging ways to approach the topics.


From assembly plans to lesson ideas, Oxfam has numerous resources for secondary teachers, including a downloadable slideshow.

As well as approaching topics around inequality and gender, the presentation also looks at climate issues, empowerment and the role of women globally.

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