Celebrating International Women's Day in Education
Take time on International Women's Day to think about the extraordinary women in our everyday lives.
Helping children of all ages and all genders find inspiration and courage from diverse women role models is key to education. And teaching children
and young adolescents to actively question and openly challenge stereotypes and bias is important because it helps forge a more inclusive world. It
is for this reason that International Women's Day in collaboration with Penguin Schools is providing practical and insightful classroom
resources for teachers around the world. The education of children about gender equality issues is an important means by which we can all
We also invite further resources that can help us to fully reflect the truly diverse and exciting world we live in.
And teachers, in addition to the brilliant downloadable resources below, remember to select some of the inspiring and informative
International Women's Day videos as classroom discussion starters to reinforce important gender concepts or to provide
entertaining ways to celebrate the day.
International Women's Day in Schools
Below are some insightful gender resources for teachers and librarians.
International Women's Day Book Study
The International Women's Day Book Study provides in-depth material for five, hour-long lessons that can take place during classes or as
extra-curricular activities. The International Women's Day Book Study covers literacy, history, drama and art objectives. It serves as an exciting
and important introduction to the equality themes addressed in ‘Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History’ - a beautifully illustrated book by
Vashti Harrison, championing many women who have changed the world and in their own ways have all made a concerted #PressforProgress.
International Women's Day Schools Competition
Teachers, librarians, parents and care givers were asked to support students in entering the International Women's Day competition.
In 150 words or less, children were invited to write about a person who had inspired them and draw a picture of them in their own style, for a chance
to win a framed Artist's print plus Puffin books for their school library. The competition supported the IWD #PressforProgress campaign and was open to
International Women's Day Schools Resource Pack
The International Women's Day (IWD) Resource Pack for Schools has been created to champion the cause of International Women’s Day using favourite
stories and authors, exclusively selected to spark discussion in classrooms. The objective of the IWD Resource Pack is for students, whether aged
from 5 through to 14, to understand the significance of International Women’s Day, as well as their own role in the continued campaign for equality
as they themselves #PressforProgress.
International Women's Day Reading List
We want to give young readers access to new feminist icons and ideas - female authors and artists to be inspired by, women-centred stories to learn
from, fantastic heroines to befriend. From time-travellers to detectives, supermodels to superpowers, this diverse collection includes something
for everyone. The International Women's Day Reading List is a curated round-up of the best fiction and non-fiction books for raising the next
generation of feminists keen to #PressforProgress.
Further Classroom and Library Resources
Penguin Schools is a dedicated channel for teachers and librarians. They aim to inspire teachers, librarians, parents and care givers to share stories
and celebrate the power of reading with children and young people. Penguin Schools, part of Penguin Random House, brings you the latest news about
books by incredible authors, exciting competitions and provides free resources to use in the classroom or library. Their book-based resource packs
cover texts from fiction to classics and introduce a wide range of themes. These classroom resources encourage children to explore story lines, get
to know characters, examine language use and establish a lifelong love of reading along the way.
* It has not been possible to provide the International Women's Day classroom resources in multiple languages this year, however we
endeavour to address this in the future because we do understand and value how important this is.
Show International Women's Day videos
Use some of the inspiring and thought-provoking International Women's Day videos available from around the world as great classroom discussion starters or
Teaching notes for the gender stereotypes viral video
Watch the viral video challenging gender stereotypes. Use the accompanying Teaching Notes to discuss the topic "what if women and men switched for a day?"