‘All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.' Palgrave Macmillan will be supporting the #MakeItHappen activities on Sunday 8th March, recognising both the accomplishments and trials of women past and present.
We would like to encourage you to take part in the campaign by sharing your photos, messages and videos showing how you #PaintItPurple for Women's Day. We will be tweeting some facts and figures from the Palgrave Twitter accounts and we've also collected together some of our publishing in the area, with free content from Feminist Review throughout March and featuring our new title Radical Feminism.
Finn Mackay on International Women's Day 2015:
'This year on International Women's Day 2015 women all over the world will be celebrating how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. Here in the UK Feminism is on the rise again, active in Trade Unions, protest politics and visible in high profile campaigns such as the No More Page 3 petition with over 200,000 supporters and counting. The issues that Feminists are working on today are not that different to what they were in the 1970s when our movement was last at its height. Then, women drew up a list of Seven Demands for the British Women's Liberation Movement; while great strides have been made, the Demands remain unmet.
So what can we learn from our movement of the past, from the many mistakes and even more successes that marked what is called the Second Wave of Feminism? How do the methods and motivations of activists today differ from those of the past and how has our world been changed? Returning back to classic Feminist theory and using interviews with activists from the 1960s to the 2000s, Radical Feminism investigates some of these questions. Using the famous Reclaim the Night protest march as a route into this huge topic, the routes of the Feminist movement are charted right up to the present day, taking in some of the controversies along the way. This Women's Day, I hope we can look back as well as forward, for some of the answers that can be found in our herstory. I hope this book introduces and translates some of our founding Feminist theory for a new activist audience and I hope it is useful to those who are going to shape the next forty years of Women's Liberation.”
A special article collection from Feminist Review
Inspired by International Women's Day, The Feminist Review Collective is proud to present a selection of recent articles from Feminist Review addressing key issues in the fight for gender equality. Featuring a range of passionate, incisive feminist voices, the articles include a feminist strategy for economic recovery, an analysis of the implications of broadening hate crime legislation to include violence against women, and a rethinking of how initiatives like “the Girl Effect” might impact women in the developing world.
Read the articles free throughout March