Today is International Women’s Day. The annual celebration has been observed for over 100 years, and while it originated in the United States, it has since gone global. International Women’s Day is all about celebrating empowerment—an important discussion to have with the young minds in your classroom!

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange and the website states it is calling on the masses to help forge a better working world—a more gender inclusive world.

There are many ways for your school to participate in International Women’s Day, but here are some quick ideas to help you out:

  • Quiz
    Test your students’ knowledge with a quiz! Include questions about influential women through history, add in some informative facts, and talk through the answers with your class to introduce them to some key facts.
  • Assembly
    There are layers upon layers of materials available online for use in an empowering women’s rights assembly. Why not show your students a short film about one particularly inspiring woman? Or put together some excerpts from influential speeches and talk a little about each one?
  • Posters
    Create some posters that include quotes from influential women, or ask your students to create one of their own to display around school. Allowing students the freedom to choose their favourite influential woman and then asking them to provide 2 or 3 reasons why could turn into a fun and informative class discussion.