On 6 March 2020 there will be a celebration of unity, reflection, advocacy, solidarity and action. Students, employees and alumni of Utrecht University will mark International Women’s Day with the theme ‘Different but Equal’. Join us at one of the many events!
International Women’s Day at Utrecht University
Utrecht University holds the honour of appointing the first female professor in the Netherlands, none other than Johanna Westerdijk. Since her appointment in 1917, there have been many more examples of powerful women studying and working in Utrecht. For this year’s International Women’s Day we would like to invite everyone interested in this topic to join our showcase of their thoughts and work.
There’s going to be a whole range of things to do on 6 March. Students, employees and alumni are all invited to come to one of the lectures and panels in the University Hall, to join in creative workshops at Parnassos and visit the USBO movie night at the Louis Hartlooper Complex. What’s more, you won’t want to miss the Rosanna Fund for Women Grant Ceremony which will also be the perfect opportunity to meet likeminded people – and it easily combines with all of the other activities. A timetable and more information will soon be published here. More information about the workshops for Utrecht University employees can soon be found on intranet.
Please note that at Utrecht University, we have chosen to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 6 March for reasons of practicality (the official date is Sunday 8 March).
Notes on International Women’s Day
Some say International Women’s day started as a National Women’s Day in the United States in the early twentieth century. Others claim that the celebrations originated in Russia, being part of the communist movement. Up until now, this dispute has not been resolved, not even in academia. Nonetheless, there is agreement about the date: 8 March. Every year, on this day, the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated around the globe. In recognition of the importance of highlighting gender equality issues, some countries even hold a public holiday. Similar to the debate about the origin of International Women’s day, ideas about how this day should be celebrated vary.