Emma is today (Wednesday 8 March) marking International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate the many women who have led the way in campaigning for gender quality. The roots of International Women’s Day can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.

This year, thousands of events are being held across the world to inspire women and mark landmark advances for women’s equality. The events include arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.

In Wolverhampton, a Women’s March was held on Saturday 4 March and Emma spoke at the event.

The theme for IWD 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. It was chosen to encourage people to step up and take ground-breaking action to help drive gender equality.

Emma said “International Women’s Day brings women together from across the world to celebrate their achievements and highlight the need for full gender equality. I was delighted to attend the march in Wolverhampton on Saturday and speak to those present about the importance of women’s equality.

“Unfortunately, although fantastic progress has been made there is still so much more to do. In the UK, women are still not paid the same as their male counterparts, and women are still not represented in equal numbers to men in either business or politics. Globally, women’s access to education and healthcare is still worse than that of men.”

March 2017