Celebrating International Women’s Day at City Library

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Today is International Women’s Day. On this day every year we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women from around the world.

City University is proud of its female staff. Whether they have achieved great successes outside of the workplace or led impactful research on a range of issues that affects people from around the world, they have shown great strength and dynamism and brought value to society. They are an inspiration to us all.

City Library holds many books by inspiring women both from City and from around the world. Their work has brought forth much good and their remarkable stories of achievement inspire and push us all. We hope you check out these items and push the boundaries of what can be accomplished for everyone.

  • Malala Yousafzai is a truly inspiring person. She gained international fame at a young age as a fearless blogger and activist for human rights and female education in Pakistan. In 2012 she survived an attempted assassination which aimed to silence her work. Recovering from that attack, she has since travelled the world advocating for human rights and female education, speaking to world leaders and at the UN. In 2014 she was the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. If you have seen it yet, watch this film or read her book today.
  • Annie Leibovitz is one of the foremost photograph portraitists working today. Famous photos have included the Rolling Stones in their early seventies pomp, the last ever portraits taken of John Lennon and photographs of the Queen. She has inspired a whole slew of photographers since.
  • Professor Susan Gathercole through her long career, Susan has researched specific learning difficulties in children. Focusing on understanding memory problems, she has shown how kids can be supported through training and in the classroom.
  • Chloë Fox was a noted Australian politician. Following her postgraduate study at City, Chloë won a stunning landslide election victory in 2006 in an opposition marginal seat. In 2011 she was appointed SA Transport Services Minister. After she left politics in 2014 she became a teacher. She is just one of the great political success stories from City University. You can find out more about the successes at City from the alumni webpages.
  • J.K. Rowling Astute business women and media mogul, Joanne Rowling is best known for creating the Pottermore Empire single handedly from an Edinburgh coffee shop. An icon to startups everywhere, she understood the key to success in business is having a good story. The company mascot she created, “Harry Potter”, now rivals Bibendum Man and Gio Compario in lists of favourite corporate creations. Since retirement she has tried her hand at writing: one of her books even got adapted by the BBC.

Find out more about International Women’s Day at City University London and the City women who have been achieving the extraordinary since 1894 on our #IWD2016 minisite.