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UK Parliament celebrates Women’s History Month

8 March 2021

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UK Parliament is celebrating Women’s History Month, which runs from 1 March to 31 March. 

As with previous History Months, UK Parliament has put together a range of virtual events for parliamentary colleagues as well as members of the public. 

Throughout the month, female MPs will be sharing their stories across Parliament’s social media channels.

On Thursday 11 March, MPs will be participating in a general debate in the Commons Chamber to mark International Women’s Day. 

On International Women’s Day on 8 March, members of the House of Lords questioned the government on conditions for working mothers and women holding elected office in the UK. Examples of members' contributions to raising awareness and progressing issues affecting women are being shared on House of Lords Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Online events for the public 

For the public, a series of online learning events has been put together.

This includes a session with the Parliamentary Archives on Nancy Astor’s Intoxicating Liquor Act (Sale to Persons Under Eighteen) 1923 – the first Private Member’s Bill to be passed by a female MP, and a live International Women’s Day Lecture in collaboration with the Works of Art team.

UK Parliament has also produced a brand new free children’s book for Women’s History Month which contains six stories of influential women who have helped to change UK laws.

This resource for 5-11-year olds is illustrated by Nina Cosford and links to the UK curricula.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group “Women in Parliament” is additionally hosting a series of events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, we are celebrating having more women MPs in Parliament than ever before

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