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Wandsworth celebrates International Women’s Day

Friday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, the annual celebration of women’s achievements as well as a day to highlight gender inequality and campaign for safer spaces for women.

The theme for 2024 is ‘Inspire Inclusion’. The official International Women’s Day website states:

When women aren’t present, we must ask: If not, why not?
When women are discriminated against, we must call out poor practice.
When the treatment of women is not equitable, we must take action.
And we must do this each time, every time.

So, what is Wandsworth doing to celebrate women in our community and promote inclusion?

Women’s Enterprise Day

This year’s Women’s Enterprise Day event will be hosted at Roehampton Club on Wednesday 20 March.

This milestone 10-year anniversary event will feature a panel discussion with local founders and business entrepreneurs, as well as a motivational talk and Q&A with retail pioneer fashion designer Karen Millen OBE.

The event will also feature a networking lunch and the Wandsworth Women’s Enterprise Awards presentation.

Click here to book your ticket. You can also enjoy this video of last year’s event.

Wandsworth Women’s Enterprise Awards 2024

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.

They provide essential goods and services for residents, create jobs, and attract visitors – all which contribute to the local economy.

Female entrepreneurs are known for being tenacious, inventive and have an amazing ability to adapt.

The Wandsworth Women’s Enterprise Awards, have been created to  spotlight the achievements of female entrepreneurs in the borough– many of whom run a successful business whilst juggling the needs of their families.

A bit of local trivia

As many of you will have seen, yesterday (7 March) was World Book Day, a day earmarked to change lives and inspire children through the power of books and reading.

Well, did you know that a VERY famous female author, who went by a make pseudonym, lived and wrote some of her most famous works in Wandsworth?

That’s right, the incomparable George Eliot (born Mary Anne Evans) lived at Holly Lodge on Wimbledon Park Road, and it’s where she wrote one of the seminal novels of the 19th Century, The Mill on the Floss.