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International Women's Day events

International Women's Day was on 8 March, 2017. 

The University was involved in many events on or around this date including:

Exhibition: Comic Book science – understanding heart disease

Dr Charlotte Hooper from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine has created a comic book-style tour of the human heart and what can go wrong in cardiomyopathy – an inherited form of heart disease. Her artwork will be on display at Inky Fingers – Oxford’s only Comic Book shop. Come along to illustrate your own comic book ending to her research story.

Date: Saturday 25 February – Saturday 4 March

Like mother, like child – maternal health & heart disease

As part of a special British Science Association ‘SciBar’ for the Oxford International Women’s Festival, Dr Mariane Bertagnolli from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine will discuss her research into the links between the heart health of mothers and their children. Join her to learn more about the long term impact of pregnancy complications and how research is helping to make positive changes to heart health. The evening is free and there is no need to register in advance.

Date: Tuesday 28 February

International Women’s Day Celebration

The Pitt Rivers Museum and Equality & Diversity Unit are pleased to invite you to an International Women’s Day celebration. After a brief welcome from Professor Louise Richardson, the Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Museum, meet colleagues from across the University over drinks, learn more about the history of women’s association with the museum, handle real Museum objects from the handling collection, and browse the museum after hours. This event is free and all are welcome, including family members – children’s activities will be available.

Date: Monday 6 March

A Concert for International Women’s Day

Following last year's concert celebrating International Women’s Day, the Music Faculty is proud to present this year’s celebration curated the Director of Performance and Artist in Residence Cellist Natalie Clein.

Claire Booth, soprano
Anna Tilbrook, pianist
Natalie Clein, ‘cello

Programme to include Rebecca Clarke Cello Sonata, Songs by Lili Boulanger, Three pieces for cello and piano by Nadia Boulanger, Excerpts from Nine Bagatelles for cello and piano by Elisabeth Lutyens, Selection from Sechs Lieder by Clara Schumann, Summer to Winter (2016) for soprano, 'cello & piano by Roxanna Panuffnik, Excerpts from ‘Yellow Leaves' by Charlotte Bray, and a commission by Deborah Pritchard with newly composed text by Jeanette Winterson for voice, cello and piano.

Date: Tuesday 7 March

Gender Equality at Oxford: How Far Have We Come?

A roundtable discussion for International Women’s Day, in conjunction with TORCH's Women in the Humanities programme, with panellists Professor Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication; Fellow of Worcester College, Professor Louise Richardson, The Vice Chancellor, Professor Maggie Snowling, President, St John’s College and Dr Rebecca Surender, Advocate and Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity.

Date: Wednesday 8 March

Exhibition: Women in the Humanities

The Humanities Division is mounting two small exhibitions to mark International Women’s Day; one, organised by TORCH, will focus on Women in the University, while the library (in collaboration with Somerville College Library) will focus on the work and connections of the philosophers Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe and Iris Murdoch, and showcase publications by women faculty members in philosophy and theology.

Date: Wednesday 8 March – Friday 10 March

Crystals, Careers and Penicillin

Biographer Georgina Ferry is joined by a panel of young women currently working in biochemistry to discuss their careers, and the achievements of Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin.

Part of the programme of events for the Back from the Dead Special Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science.

Date: Thursday 9 March

Oxford International Women’s Festival - Brain Spotlight

Meet female neuroscientists and find out about your brain in this exhibition spotlight. In partnership with Oxford Neuroscience.

Suitable for adults and young people, drop-in.

Date: Friday 10 March