March 8, International Women's Day

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March 8 marks Women's Day. SCOOP! offers many ideas for activities to mark this day and let students know the path women had to take to achieve equality.

Every March 8, many countries around the world celebrate Women's Day. Debates and demonstrations are organized everywhere in favor of his rights. The date was definitively formalized by the United Nations in 1977. However, it is also considered that it celebrates its 103 years this year since in “1910, in Copenhagen, during the second conference of theSocialist Women's International, the idea of an “International Women's Day” is adopted, on a proposal from Clara Zetkin, representative of the Socialist Party of Germany, without a date being brought forward. "
Source: Wikipedia
Again in 2013, women are sometimes victims of discrimination and inequality vis-à-vis men. The media regularly highlight the differences in salaries for the same position between a man and a woman, the difficulties for a woman to access a position of high responsibility, or even domestic violence of which women are most often victims.
This year, SCOOP! invites you to mark this day in a positive way by celebrating the women present in the lives of the students. Also, the proposed activities will make it possible to talk about women who have marked history, the major dates in the struggle of women and the relevance, even today, to fight for women's rights.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Understand the basics of feminism;
- Analyze the place of women by leafing through several newspapers;
- List the women who are in the news at the moment;
- Know the important dates in the history of women's struggle;
- Name the inequalities that women still suffer from;
- Think about the place of an important woman in their life;
- Make a production written about a woman important to him;
- Name women who have marked history;
- Prepare a written or oral presentation on one of these women;
- Give her opinion on one of the fights of women.

Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: Reactivating knowledge

To watch:
Brainpop video clip on feminism
In order to introduce the theme of Women's Day, here is an animation suggestion to watch. This BrainPop animation, lasting about 5 min. 30, explain to students what feminism is and briefly relate its history.

ACTIVITY 2: Exceptional women

Several women, contemporary or not, have made history in the world and have contributed to improving the status of women. As a first activity, brainstorm with the students. What famous women in history can they name? Record student responses on the board or in appropriate brainstorming software.
Here are some examples of possible answers: Simone de Beauvoir, George Sand, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Simone Veil…
If they haven't mentioned these names, ask them to quickly research why they are known in history.
Then, as a whole class, sort all the names mentioned into different categories: literature, politics and science. If needed, add more categories. Software such as Inspiration or an interactive whiteboard will prove particularly useful here to facilitate this classification.

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Then, in teams, the students will choose one of the named women and research her in order to make a written or oral presentation (of 5 minutes). They will be able to search encyclopedias and the Internet, paying particular attention to sources of information and the reliability of websites.
The pupils will have to give biographical information, explain why it marked history, what were its functions, its distinctions, and its role, what were its struggles. Students will also have to justify their choice for this woman and say how they find her example interesting.

ACTIVITY 3: Women at the heart of the news

On Women's Day, invite students to bring newspapers from March 8 and the previous few days to class. Their job will consist of leafing through them and identifying which women are in the news at the moment and analyzing their role and place in the information contained in the newspapers.

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ACTIVITY 4: Women's struggle

For many years, women have fought to have their rights recognized and to denounce the inequalities between men and women.
In groups, the students will have to explore the file and identify the important dates in the women's struggle. They will then have to reflect on the inequalities that women still experience in the world today.
They can present it all in a diagram like this:

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Download the source file in Inspiration (.isf) format
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Among the various events in the history of women's struggle, which one seems the most important to the students? Why?
What rights could women still fight for?

ACTIVITY 5: My heroine, it's her!

Often, when we think of the struggle of women in history, we think of women who marked their time or their field by the grandiose things they accomplished. Yet, very close to us too, exceptional women make our lives more pleasant every day.
For this activity, the pupils will choose a woman whom they admire in their entourage. No celebrities, just someone close to them.
This woman can be their mother, teacher, bus driver, baker, doctor, etc.
Give them time to choose their important person, and then to think about the following questions:

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Then they can choose one of the following two activities:
- write a poem in which they express the importance that this woman has for them;
- or write a journalistic style article in which they have fun presenting this woman as if they were journalists.
Let their creativity dictate the rest of the instructions!
At the end, invite them to introduce this exceptional woman by posting their creations on the class blog or on their personal blog.

ACTIVITY 6: Informing others

Are the other students in the school aware of the existence of this day? To ensure this, suggest that students organize a school-wide communication campaign. They will have to ensure that the information is transmitted in a simple and precise manner.
Ideas: informative posters to put up in the corridors, production of a video capsule broadcast on the Internet, theatrical staging to play at noon, etc.

ACTIVITY 7: What do you think?

As a conclusion, ask students why is it still relevant today to have such a day? Do some people feel that women and men are equal? Invite them to interview women they know (mother, grandmother, aunt, etc.) on this question and to write a short “interview” -type text. Remember to review this activity as a large group to generate discussion or awareness.

More about the magazine

The history of Women's Day
The history of women's struggle
List of major historical dates in the struggle of women in the world
Carrefour-Éducation thematic guide
A complete kit of ideas for activities on the subject!
Resources on the topic for Activinspire software (in English)
On Promethean Planet (English)

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