Chesterfield residents are invited to hear the stories of local inspirational women and find out more about local services in an online event to mark International Women’s Day 2021.
On Monday 8th March, Chesterfield Equality and Diversity Forum, supported by Chesterfield Borough Council, will be marking International Women’s Day by shining the spotlight on local services that provide support for victims of domestic abuse.
Teaming up with The Elm Foundation – a safe, and supportive place for anyone affected by domestic abuse – residents will be able to hear short stories from the inspirational team on the council’s social media channels throughout the day. This will also provide residents with an opportunity to find out more about the work of The Elm Foundation and the support that is available to anyone effected by domestic abuse.
Residents will be able to hear the stories of local women who have helped support their local communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic too.
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Sarah Roy, chair of Chesterfield Equality and Diversity forum said: "It's a sad fact that many of the struggles that women are fighting today are basically the same ones that we were fighting 100 years ago. Every generation has had their own struggle to achieve equality at work, at home and in society in general.
“We should always choose to challenge, regardless of what or who is threatening to undermine our achievements. We also need to remember that the basic rights that we currently have were only achieved through the brave campaigning and direct action of generations of women before us and choosing to challenge when those rights are under threat is an act of solidarity with all women throughout the world."
Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for Governance, said: “International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
“It is a chance for us to come together and although we can’t meet in person as we usually would, it is still hugely important that we continue to support women and listen to their inspirational stories.
“We’re really proud to be working with the Elm Foundation this International Women’s Day, to highlight the support that is available.”
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge and residents are urged to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, seek out and celebrate women's achievements.
To help mark the day, the team at Chesterfield Museum will also be celebrating local women in history, allowing residents to hear the stories of Emma Milliner – a political reformer who championed women’s rights, and Valerie Hunter Gordon – who in 1947 designed the first disposable, biodegradable nappy from parachute silk.
Residents will also be able to learn more about Violet Markham and the foundation of the Chesterfield Settlement as well as influential women buried in Spital Cemetery including Susannah Williams who during the First World War became forewoman at the Staveley Coal and Iron Company.
Finally, residents will be able to test their knowledge on local inspirational women in an online quiz. The quiz will focus on the Extraordinary Women Exhibition which featured at the museum last year and can now be found online.