Women of the world unite

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we take a look back at some of women’s biggest achievements from the past few months.

Millions take part in Global Women’s March

Over five million women took part in Women’s Marches across the world in response to Donald Trump’s election as President. On 21st January 21 women from seven continents (yes, even Antarctica), marched in support of women’s rights in the face of a President frequently criticised for poor treatment of women. Many marchers wore the now iconic Pussy Hats, pink knitted hats designed to make a visual impact, and to allow those who were unable to attend marches to be involved. In the US, the marches were the largest since the anti-Vietnam war protests, and were praised for being very peaceful, with no arrests made. However, some criticised the march for not being inclusive enough, and for marginalising certain minority groups.

Girl Gang Leeds Launched

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Following  on from Sheffield and Manchester, Girl Gang Leeds launched in February. The group is a volunteer non-profit organisation aimed promoting and empowering the work of women, with exhibitions, parties, networking and cinema screenings. The ten-point Girl Gang manifesto highlights inclusivity alongside the importance of female friendship and support. Founder Kaz Scattergood said the group will be “about women supporting each other, celebrating each other’s successes and giving creative people a platform.”

Women-Only gym hours introduced


University of Leeds student Namrah Shadid successfully established the first women’s only gym hours at The Edge. Namrah campaigned to ensure that women of all backgrounds and faiths have access to a private space in which to exercise. The sessions take place 7.30-8.30am every Sunday.

St Vincent creates Female Friendly Guitar

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American musician St Vincent redesigned the guitar to make it more comfortable for the female body. Despite the guitar being similar in shape to female anatomy, the instrument has proved very inaccessible to many women.

Jessica Murray

(Images: Getty/Mario Tama; Leeds Confidential; Gee Hung Leo Cheung)

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