Classroom Activities

Celebrating International Women’s Day/Month

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on March 8. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. Women from all continents unite to celebrate progress in the struggles for equality, justice and peace.

Here are some activities that teachers can carry out to help acquaint their students with the history of women’s struggle for equality:

  • Have students produce a research paper, compose a poem, write a book report or make a speech about the challenges that women face in achieving equality.
  • Hold a classroom discussion on what students can do in their homes, at school and in the community to help foster equality for women.
  • Organize a photography, video, drawing, poetry or essay contest in your school on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day: "You are Here: Women, Canada and the World." Encourage local businesses to donate prizes.
  • Encourage students to explore the history and purpose of International Women’s Day by visiting the following website: (1) Status of Women Canada leaving the ATA website, (2) the United Nations leaving the ATA website, and (3) Education International leaving the ATA website.