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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day on 8 March is a global event with gender equality at its core. In recent years the University has been recognised in a number of ways for its valuable work contributing to this global goal.

In 2020 the University of Worcester was the number one university in the UK for Gender Equality, for the second year, in the prestigious Times Higher Education’s global University Impact Rankings.

The University has also been the best performing university in the UK for Gender Pay, with the smallest average pay gap of an institution in the nationally published data in both 2018 and 2019.

Last year the University won the inaugural Times Higher Education Award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in part for our commitment to gender equality. The judges were impressed with “the university’s sustained, whole institutional approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, which places students at the centre”.

Colleagues gather in November 2019 to celebrate women’s full and effective participation and leadership across the University.

Women and the vote

In late 2019 the University hosted a life-size model of a suffragette, built from over 35,000 pieces of Lego. The statue was built to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in Britain, and it was on display at the University in the run up to the General Election.

Professor Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of Worcester, said at the time: “We are so thrilled to be hosting ‘Hope’, the Lego suffragette. She is a reminder of how the bravery of the suffragettes created change that people didn’t think at the time was possible – change which continues to benefit and empower women 100 years on. She is a real symbol of equality and democracy, both of which are core values of the University of Worcester.

Megan Price, Vice President Education at the Students’ Union, said: “It’s an honour to have such a great symbol of democracy and the importance of voting on Campus, at such a crucial time politically. We hope people will come along and be inspired to get engaged with the issues of the day, and for all those who can, to make sure they’re registered to vote and go on to use their voice when the time comes.”

Celebrating women in our community

The theme of this years International Women’s Day is “the tremendous efforts by women and girls in shaping the recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic.” With this in mind we’ve selected just a few of the female students and staff members who are playing an integral role in this recovery.

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