The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, focusing on fighting stereotypes, shutting down prejudice and of course, celebrating women’s achievements.

In previous years themes have focused on encouraging gender balance in boardrooms, in the media and in wealth.

The gender pay gap is still a definite issue throughout the UK with women being paid less than half than men at some of Britain’s major companies, according to recent gender pay gap figures.

March 8th also gives us an opportunity to celebrate those women who in history have fought advancements in women’s rights.  Below are just some examples of women who have fearlessly advocated for women’s rights.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) Famous ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speech

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) who used art to express taboo subjects surrounding women

Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her lifelong fight against racism

For more information on these influential figures visit