Published on March 7th, 2014 | by admin

International Women’s Day 2014

Tomorrow marks International Women’s Day which is held annually on 8th March to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across the world.

As an established event for more than a century, the first International Women’s Day occurred way back on 19th March 1911. This year International Women’s Day will see women from many different walks of life speaking at various events including seminars, conferences, luncheons and dinners celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present.

Amongst the issues which International Women’s Day seeks to address, innovation, the portrayal of women in the media and their career opportunities are amongst the topics that will be raised.

According to statistics, in many cases, women still receive between 30 and 40 per cent less pay than men earn for the same work even though significant progress has been made to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times.

To coincide with International Women’s Day, many observers have compiled lists of some of the most influential women in different walks of life who have been recognised for their significant contribution to society.

Here at the Post Office Shop, amongst our range of collectibles we celebrate the contribution of many notable women as part of our Great Britons series including Vivien Leigh, the British stage and film actress who won two Best Actress Academy Awards and renowned novelist Jane Austen.

Amongst those who are also often mentioned as notable Britons of distinction who have been celebrated as postage stamps, these include Joan Mary Fry, a quaker and social reformer who was a tireless campaigner for peace and social reform during the First World War and Mary Leakey who dedicated her life to archaeology forcing scientists to radically change their views about human evolution. She is also believed to have discovered the first Proconsul skull fossil.

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