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International Women's Day 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. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

International Women's Day is not country, group, nor organization specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."  So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. 

Did you know research shows that bias contributes to women being passed over for jobs and promotions. Almost three in four women experience bias at work, and those who do are more likely to leave their jobs. And women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities face more acute biases. Yet only one in three employees, including managers, challenges biased behavior when they see it.

In keeping with the #BreakTheBias theme, we have shared a section below to highlight the work being done by The Female Lead on research to highlight and help to combat the biases faced by women in the workplace as well as helping to change the narrative for young girls.

In 1989, American legal scholar and civil rights activist, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to explain how race intersects with gender to produce barriers for Black women but is now also widely used to encompass overlapping impacts of discrimination based on gender, race, physical ability, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, socio-economic status, and more.

Crenshaw used the metaphor of a traffic intersection to explain the concept: When traffic flows from four directions and an accident occurs, the accident can be caused by cars coming from one direction or from all directions. The cause is hard to distinguish. Similarly, when Black women face discrimination, it’s not due to only racism or only sexism — it’s a combination of both forms of discrimination.

This international women's day, at Unity, we want to challenge you to think about how different women are impacted by not only gender bias, but other biases too. Women make up 67% of the employees at Next, but they are all affected by different experiences. By taking the time to hear the different biases faced, we can better support and lift up women all across the business. 

Being an intersectional ally means using your voice to advocate for inclusion and diversity, as well as support women and girls who face barriers and discrimination that you may not face yourself.

There are several ways you can be a better intersectional feminist ally:

The Female Lead

The Female Lead is an educational charity dedicated to finding the factors that limit women’s choices and fulfilment and amplifies their voices in order to drive change and improve economic outcomes.

Women’s voices and stories have been ignored and undervalued. Girls learn early on that society expects them to follow a narrow version of success. The Female Lead shares the stories of women who have found different ways to fulfilment and achievement.

[Find out more here]

New social media scheme encourages girls to follow positive figures such as Michelle Obama.

Disrupt Your Feed was an 18-month research project between The Female Lead and Cambridge University psychologist Dr Terri Apter into the untapped potential of social media to enhance teen aspiration and promote positive mental health.


The Social Media Pledge was shared by over 150 influencers and reached  20 million users with 330 million impressions. The research was covered in the Sunday Express, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Psychology Today and many more! The research findings and insights are now shared with 18,000 schools and universities and are part of the Female Lead’s leadership programme.

[Read about the study]

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The Entitlement Gap.

"With the pandemic set to impact women worldwide, we've been working closely with experts, coaches and neuroscientists on how we can build back better and give women the freedom, creativity, flexibility and fulfilment they so deserve.

We've created The Fulfilment Finder, a short survey on our website that focuses on 5 dimensions important to women's happiness; Self, Society, Relationships, Money and Work.

By taking the survey you will gain a deeper knowledge about yourself and discover what in your life is making you feel fulfilled, as well as areas you may want to change or focus on."

[Take the Survey Here]


We have shared some of the Women from The Female Leads 'Icon Series' but now it's your turn. We want to celebrate women from all roles, all across the business and take a moment to listen to you. Whether it's on your experiences, your role models, what more the business can do or your tips for young women just starting out their careers. Get in touch with us! Either through the form on the website or at unity@next.co.uk

Icon Series Teaser for "The Female Lead" interviews.

"Don't be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils"

"It's time for women to leverage all of their power"

"I have the power to decide what my future is like"


The Urgency of Intersectionality

A Day in the Life of Women Around the World

Will you #BreakTheBias and Beyond?

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. 

Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.

[Find out more here]

The stories of 67 remarkable women, from diverse backgrounds, interviewed exclusively for this collection. All show the incredible strength, talent, ingenuity, resilience, and bravery that women possess. Among them are world leaders, artists, activists, engineers, writers, athletes and entrepreneurs. So many have beaten the odds to succeed in their fields of work; or broken free from the constraints of their individual circumstances.


They are trailblazers. They are heroines. And we celebrate them all.

[Find out more here]

Somebody's Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.

[Find out more here]

Intersectionality means to not look at race and gender separately but understand how they intersect and how this affects how we view diversity. Lian Li, engineering manager at Container Solutions, wants to celebrate IWD by highlight the contributions made by women of colour to our industry and our communities.

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Though we need to progress faster than we have been for the advancement of women's rights, we want to make sure we acknowledge and commend the small milestones that have taken place. Every positive story is a small step towards gender equality, and we should be proud of everyone who joins us on our mission.

[Find out more here]

These feminist quotes are from women of all ages and walks of life. From Cher to Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt, these inspirational Women's Day quotes will have you ready to take on the world and keep your head held high no matter what! 

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The Making Of... 

What are the moments that shape us? In this podcast from The Female Lead, brilliant women talk about the key moments that have made them who they are.

The talk about life-changing opportunities, pivotal relationships, crushing disappointments, turning points and words of wisdom that have stuck with them.

[Find out more here]

The Texas Tech University Women's Studies Program is celebrating Women's History Month by showcasing women past, present and future. Taking inspiration from the National Women's History Project, we honour women who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations. 

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Women have come a long way when it comes to their personal rights or even the fact that they are taken seriously by their male peers.  They have contributed a lot in cultural, historical, and political fields, hence setting up a day to celebrate them.

So, how much do you know about International Women's Day? Take our quiz and find out now. 

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