Three reasons why we still need International Women’s Day and why being a feminist has nothing to do with who gets to pay dinner.

  1. Home: Jane Austen, novelist, feminist and true icon was only commemorated with a £10 note in 2017: 200 years after her death. Films, series and endless books have been inspired by her works yet it took 200 years to pay respect to her life and career.
  2. Internationally: currently in Afghanistan a woman cannot study and, ultimately, decide to become a doctor if she wants to. At the same time, if she needs medical attention, she cannot be seen by a male doctor. This is not only ridiculous but life-threating. Are women’s lives that expendable?
  3. Everywhere:  According to the UN, “most recent estimates suggest that women earn on average 16% less than their male counterparts globally”, this percentage is far greater in many places. According for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), “median hourly pay for full-time employees was 8.3% less for women than for men in April 2022” in the UK.

So if you are not a feminist in 2023, what are you even doing?