Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing global attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias – which looks actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it.

Organisers of International Women’s Day are calling for people to post their #IWD2021 message on social media with your arms crossed in the #BreakTheBias pose to show solidarity, motivate others and to make International Women’s Day your day.

You can find the latest news, inspirational articles and events celebrating International Women’s Day below. If you have an event that you feel would benefit our members, you can promote this on WeAreTechWomen.  Charity or not-for-profit events are free to publish, while all other events will incur an admin fee – please email [email protected]


Meet our 100 incredible leaders breaking the bias & calling for societal change this International Women’s Day

As part of our #WeAreBreakingTheBias campaign, we will be sharing the thoughts of over 100 leaders who are calling for societal change for women. We hope you will join us so we can amplify why we should all #BreakTheBias for gender equity.


A message from Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Workplace revolutionary, IT entrepreneur & philanthropist

Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, age 86, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.

Her life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. It was ultimately valued at $3 billion and made 70 of her staff into millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.

To mark International Women’s Day, Dame Stephanie gives us her views on the importance of diversity, welcoming change and what can be done to #BreakTheBias.

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