A range of events are taking place across the University and Colleges to mark International Women’s Day 2023, on Wednesday 8 March.

Museum events, science talks and networking opportunities are among the activities highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s International Women’s Day events include:


Snow Widows: A talk by Katherine MacInness – Scott Polar Museum

Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm to 2.15pm

Join us at the Polar Museum with author Katherine MacInnes to celebrate International Women's Day. Discover the untold stories of the race for the South Pole from the perspective of the women whose lives would be forever changed by it. Katherine MacInness is the author of Snow Widows, a book that gives a voice to five remarkable women; separated by class, education and religion but forever joined by their stories in the heroic age of exploration.

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Navigating Multiple Identities: Reflections on Being a Woman – Hughes Hall

Tuesday 7 March, 5.30pm to 7pm, Pavilion Room

This Postdoc-led International Women’s Day event will bring together inspiring speakers from a variety of backgrounds – one thing they have in common is being women of Hughes Hall!
After our speakers’ introductions, we will have a Q&A and panel conversation about navigating life and careers as women, celebrate women’s strengths, and touch on gender equality issues in the world.

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Service for International Women’s Day – King’s College Chapel

Wednesday 8 March, 5.30pm

A special Evensong in the King’s Chapel will be sung by King’s Voices.

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International Women’s Day 2023 – Building an Equitable Future for All – Judge Business School

Panel discussion and networking event, Wednesday 8 March, 6pm to 8pm

On International Women’s Day, join the Wo+men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, as we look at how we can all take meaningful action to help build a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture.
Our panel of speakers will discuss how fostering a culture of allyship can act as a powerful force for good – helping employees at every level identify ways they can take action to create a positive impact.

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Celebrating the scientific achievements of Cavendish Women in Physics - Instagram Live event

Wednesday 8 March, 12.30pm

The Cavendish women in physics have made unparalleled contributions to the laboratory’s extraordinary history of discovery and innovation and they continue to do so. On International Women's Day, we will celebrate these extraordinary women by going live on Instagram and talking to a few of our current physics researchers. Our panellists will be Dr Hannah Stern from the Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics (AMOP) Group; Tara Murphy from NanoDTC, and Marika Marika Niihori from the Nanophotonic group. The conversation will revolve around their own journeys, inspiration, challenges and their research at the Cavendish. We will also take the opportunity to answer some questions from the audience.

Join @cambridgephysics on Instagram at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March. The live session will last for 30 minutes. 


International Women’s Day with Professor Rebecca Kilner – Museum of Zoology

Thursday 9 March, 6pm to 7pm

Professor Rebecca Kilner, Director of the Museum of Zoology, will take part in a live online talk and Q&A. Hear about her fascinating research into animal behaviour, and how recent work on the parental behaviour of burying beetles is changing our understanding of evolution. Ask your questions and find out more about the Museum, its collections, and how they are being harnessed for research and engagement.

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Hear, There and Everywhere – a World of Women Composers – West Road Concert Hall

Sunday 12th March, 7pm

Cambridge Concert Orchestra will perform pieces composed solely by women to raise funds for the Cambridge Women's Resources Centre. The event, in recognition of International Women’s Day, focuses on women’s contribution to the light-orchestral repertoire.

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Discovering Russia’s nineteenth-century women writers 

Saturday 18 March, 2pm to 3pm

This talk – with Dr Anna A. Berman, Assistant Professor in Slavonic Studies - offers a chance to rediscover some of the great women writers who have been erased from literary history. It will explore the lives and careers of Evdokiya Rostopchina, Karolina Pavlova, Evgeniya Tur and the ‘Russian Brontës’ – Nadezhda, Sofiya and Praskoviya Khvoshchinskaya.

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Cavendish Festival 2023 People Doing Physics Live: Professor Athene Donald

Saturday 18 March, 3.30pm, Pippard Lecture Theatre, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge 

Join us for a live recording of the Cavendish Laboratory's official podcast, with special guest Professor Dame Athene Donald, who will share her journey into physics and beyond. Professor Emeritus of Experimental Physics at the Cavendish, and Master of Churchill College, Athene has had an illustrious research career in soft matter physics for which she has received numerous accolades, including the Royal Society Bakerian Medal, the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, the Institute of Physics' Faraday Medal, and 10 honorary doctorates. She is also a strong advocate for women in science and has chaired numerous diversity and gender equality initiatives that seek to improve the representation and career progression of women in STEM.

The event is free but advance booking is recommended. More information here.


International Women’s Day celebrations – St Catharine’s College

Throughout March

St Catharine’s College has organised a host of activities marking the vital role of women in history. Events include storytelling workshops, research seminars, panel discussions and a month-long display in the Shakeshaft Library, featuring items from our archive since women were first admitted as undergraduates in 1979.

More information here 


Illustration by Allysa Czerwinsky

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