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08 Mar | Diversity & Inclusion | Gender Equality | Women in Science

University of Lincoln Marks 2018 International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women

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The University of Lincoln has again celebrated International Women's Day with a variety of activities taking place across the campus.

WiSE@Lincoln, together with the College of Science, celebrated the day with an all-female academic line-up of talks and a networking lunch. The talks were opened by Dr Anna Marie Roos from the College of Arts, who gave a fascinating talk about the history of the Lister sisters – giving us a taste of her upcoming book, ‘Martin Lister and his remarkable daughters: art and science in the seventeenth century’. Alex Aitken took us on a self-reflective journey, looking at her life in science, and exploring the impact that positive role models have had, in her talk ‘The good, the bad and the influences’. Speaking about Gender and IT, Professor Antonella De Angeli examined the gender gap in STEM in both academia and industry. She highlighted important initiatives, such as the Stemettes and the Newton Academy, but also worrying trends that show Artificial Intelligence biases continue to have a negative effect on closing the gender gap. Masters student Dayan Grimshaw wrapped up the series to talks by sharing her own personal opinions: ‘Is International Women’s Day Still Relevant?’ .

In the Lincoln International Business School (LIBS), International Women’s Day was celebrated by a day-long event: LIBS Connect:Embracing Diversity. This event gave us the opportunity to discuss the critical topic of diversity, and the ways in which organisations can give every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

To close the day, the School of Architecture and the Built Environment held a film screening of ‘She Draws: She Builds’: a documentary that gives a platform to the experience of women in architecture.

International Women's Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated for over a century, with the first​ 8 ​March ​IWD gathering in 1914, supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, the​ Socialist Party of America, the UK's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere - it is not country-, group- or organisation-specific.​