International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day was first celebrated on March 19 (not the later March 8), 1911. A million women and men rallied in support of women's rights on that first International Women's Day. The idea of an International Women's Day was inspired by America's National Women's Day, February 28, 1909, declared by the Socialist Party of America.

Let us introduce you to three #women who impacted the history of France, Spain and England:

1. Geneviève Callerot (French)

Geneviève Callerot, born 6 May 1916, is a French farmer and novelist. In World War II with her father and sister, she assisted more than 200 people in passing the demarcation line from the occupied french territory to Zone libre, the unoccupied territory of Vichy France. In 2018, Geneviève Callerot 102 years old, was awarded by becoming a member of the Legion of Honour.

2. Ana María Matute (Spanish)

(July 26, 1925—June 25, 2014), Spanish novelist known for her sympathetic treatment of the lives of children and adolescents, their feelings of betrayal and isolation, and their rites of passage. She often interjected such elements as myth, fairy tale, the supernatural, and fantasy into her works. Matute is member of the Real Academia Española and the third woman to receive the Cervantes Prize for her literary oeuvre, she is considered one of the foremost novelists of the posguerra, the period immediately following the Spanish Civil War.

3. Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (British)

(15 October 1880 – 2 October 1958) was a British author, palaeobotanist and campaigner for eugenics and women's rights. She made significant contributions to plant palaeontology and coal classification, and was the first female academic on the faculty of the University of Manchester. With her second husband, Humphrey Verdon Roe, Stopes founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. Stopes edited the newsletter Birth Control News, which gave explicit practical advice. Her sex manual Married Love (1918) was controversial and influential, and brought the subject of birth control into wide public discourse.

It also good to have in mind that this day is not only to celebrate women’s rights but also to celebrate equality between anyone regardless of their culture, religion, colour or sex.

70% of the staff of The Language House are women and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the their hard work!


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