Marking International Womens’ Day 2018 – Megan Pain

#ThrowbackThursday to when Nottingham Women’s Centre volunteer Megan Pain wrote about her experience supporting International Women’s Day and the Centenary Cities project…

Today marks 6 weeks into my placement and more importantly it marks International Women’s Day 2018! Happy IWD everyone! The preparations up to this day have been fairly hectic to say the least. The past 6 weeks have definitely flown by, and although it’s been slightly stressful getting everything done in time, I’ve definitely enjoyed all the hard work involved in planning such an exciting and important event.

Today I will be spending IWD at the Centre which is very exciting! I will be helping to register women to vote and creating social media content of the day. I also hope to be lucky enough to participate in some of the other amazing activities: boxing, drumming and poetry workshops. I definitely feel fortunate that my placement has provided me with such a great opportunity to participate in this event, meet new people and expand my knowledge of the importance of this day. This will be my first year properly celebrating IWD and if I’m honest I feel a bit silly for not doing anything for it before.

This year IWD is especially important, as 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law allowing the first women to vote. The significance of this is immense and to mark this importance myself and the other volunteers have been working on a stairway exhibition for the Centre focused on the idea of the 100 years. We were pretty much given free reign on how we wanted to do this exhibition. I came up with the idea of doing a timeline up the stairs from 1918-2018, which I’m rather proud of! This timeline consists of Nottingham women ‘firsts’, for example the first female Nottingham MP, and other significant events which have occurred in the past 100 years which have changed and impacted the lives of women massively. Learning about this was fascinating and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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