International Women’s Day: Celebrating Nottingham Women civic event


March 3rd, 2020

Working closely with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham will be joint-hosting a civic event in the middle of Old Market Square to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020.

A number of activities are planned to showcase some of the amazing work that happens across our campuses in a fun and interactive way.

They aim to show, in particular, some of the fabulous women of our university community in order to inspire the young women of Nottingham to ignore preconceptions and prejudice about gender roles and limitations.

The civic ceremony starts on Sunday 8 March and runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm, with events including:

Women into STEM
Enjoy some interactive activities exploring the world of STEM and the career opportunities open to young women in the science, technology, engineering and maths industries. Learn about computer programing using Ozobots, identify what makes your finger print unique, and learn how to solve a murder mystery using forensic science techniques.

The science and medicine behind great female sporting achievements
Come find out how your body works when you exercise and why physical activity is great for your health and wellbeing. We will show you the science and medicine behind what it takes to be a great female sporting star.

Women in Law
In 1919, the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 allowed women to qualify as lawyers in England and Wales for the first time. This display and discussion will look at some of the ways in which women – now half the solicitors’ profession – work in and with the law.

Margaret Cavendish – Sci-Fi in 1666
Discover the story of the world’s first Sci-Fi novel, written by a woman in 1666, as a way to share her ideas in a time when female thinkers and researchers were excluded from universities and public debate. Explore a world of talking polar bears, submarines and worms with engineering tech.

On Monday 9 March, there will also be a networking event for all staff, students, and alumni showcasing a diverse panel of inspirational women. The “Who are the modern women” roundtable discussion and networking event will feature inspiring stories from staff, students and alumni who have all taken unusual paths, are in unusual roles or who have fantastic stories to share on what it means to be a modern woman. Sign up to the roundtable event here.

Find a list of events taking place in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020.

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