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International Women’s Day 2023 resources and activities

Added 22 Feb 2023 | Updated 08 Mar 23

International Womens Day

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

Maya Angelou

International Women’s Day classroom resources 2023

At the start of March, when spring is just around the corner and daffodils are blooming, it's time to celebrate International Women’s Day. What better opportunity to deliver thought-provoking literacy activities exploring inspirational women?

International Women’s Day is being celebrated this year on Wednesday 8 March and the theme is #EmbraceEquity. Our hot topic resource offers lots of classroom literacy activities and ideas to mark this annual celebration including:

  • Book recommendations to read aloud and generate discussion with pupils in Early Years, KS1, KS2 and KS3 (ages 3 to 14)
  • Suggestions for speaking and listening activities including storytelling inspired by role models
  • Writing ideas from poetry to science experiments.

The activities are designed to be adaptable for teachers working across different age ranges, and for the time you have available.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

We're really excited to be celebrating International Women's Day 2023. It provides a fantastic opportunity to explore and enjoy high-quality books that celebrate women's achievement, explore issues of discrimination, challenge gender stereotypes and seek out inclusion. This is key in generating thought-provoking and purposeful discussion in the classroom as well as providing a range of opportunities for storytelling and cross-curricular writing.


Our research has explored the relationship between aspirations, literacy and gender for young people and adults; find out more in our report.

Function summary

  • Useful for: classroom teachers, literacy co-ordinators, school librarians, form tutors
  • Suitable for: pupils in Early Years, KS1, KS2 and KS3/Early, First, Second and Third Level.
  • Use: classroom teaching ideas and activities for literacy
  • Focus/theme: calendar moments as literacy learning hooks. See our schools literacy teaching calendar.

Explore our range of hot topic resources.

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