How the world marked International Women's Day

Addressing the gender pay gap, calling out mansplaining and renaming cities for the day - here are some of the ways the world honoured and celebrated International Women's Day in 2018.

Energy Australia closed their gender pay gap overnight

The company announced that it will spend $1.2 million to ensure that the salaries of 350 female Energy Australia employees will be boosted, putting their earnings in line with male employees doing the same job.

The company has also pledged to review the gender pay gap again in five years to ensure that male employees have not negotiated salaries higher than their female colleagues doing the same roles.

Calls to change the name of Sydney's Manly to Womanly

According to reports from the Daily Telegraph, local entrepreneur Luisa Manfredini put in a request to the Northern Beaches Council to change Manly's name to Womanly for the duration of International Woman's Day (IWD). Although some councillors supported the name change, it didn't go ahead.

In the UK, the city of Manchester - home of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst - was successfully renamed Womanchester for the day, after support from the city's council and local businesses.

Businesses closed the pay gap with IWD discounts

Sydney burger joint Mary's and Mojo Record Bar offered its female customers a 15.3% discount yesterday to highlight the gender pay gap between men and women in Australia. Melbourne Central's pizza bar, Hungry Bear, invited all women to eat free from midday until close.

It's worth noting that travel booking website Travel with Jane offers a year-round discount of 15.3% to women, to reflect the gender pay gap.

Wikimedia stages #WikiGap edit-a-thons

In partnership with the Swedish Foreign Ministry, the #WikiGap events aimed to address the gender imbalance on online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, with data showing that 90% of those who add content to Wikipedia are men and that there are four times more articles about men than women.

During the edit-a-thons, nearly 20,000 articles were viewed and 569,000 words added.

Mastercard released their Index of Women Entrepreneurs

The index looked at 57 markets spanning five geographic regions – Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and North America - to identify markets with the strongest supporting conditions and opportunities for women to thrive as entrepreneurs.

While New Zealand, Sweden and Canada took out the top three places respectively, Australia came in at number seven, with an index of 68.9. Take a look at the full report here.

Emma Watson highlighted talented female photographers

Emma Watson used her star power to celebrate women photographers on Instagram yesterday, who she said are often under-represented and under-celebrated. Emma curated a series of powerful images taken by National Geographic's emerging female photographers.


Photo and words by @newshatavakolian (Newsha Tavakolian) | In 2017, I met Fatima at the Muna camp in northeastern Nigeria. She was this fragile girl, who did not even have the chance to talk, as her brother was quick to jump in and answer my questions. I could see a certain heaviness in her eyes. Displaced by the Boko Haram, 9-year-old Fatima and her family had been living in makeshift huts in Maiduguri for 18 months. They struggled for their most basic needs, crawling into windowless huts to sleep at night. It was so hot outside that I could not breathe well as I walked through the camp area. Men, women, and children sat outside with blank gazes in their eyes, staring into the horizon, waiting for a miracle. #PressforProgress #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2018 #WomensHistoryMonth #NatGeoWomen ___________ @EmmaWatson is guest curating the @natgeo Instagram in honor of International Women’s Day. Check back throughout the day to see her sharing powerful and moving photos taken by our female photographers around the world.

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triple J, Double J and triple J Unearthed brought 'girls to the front'

The ABC radio stations brought its female talent to the forefront yesterday, with an all-lady line-up of artists, music programmers and presenters across the day. 

Assistant Music Director Gemma Pike programmed music by female artists, whether voiced by or as part of the band, and triple J's current affairs programme 'Hack' analysed the status of women in the Australian music industry, finding that only one in five Aussie songwriters are female.


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Julia Gillard remains concerned about the unconscious gender bias towards women

At an event hosted by the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, the former Australian prime minister delivered a speech highlighting the lack of opportunities available for women to serve in equal measure to their male colleagues. 

"Just over a week ago, in Washington, our prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attended a dinner with president Trump and leaders in the business community," she said. "Of the 51 attendees, there were more men named Andrew (five) than the total number of women (four) who attended the event."

Intrepid Travel has introduced women-only expeditions in the Middle East

The travel company has released three new itineraries for Morocco, Iran and Jordan, all led by female tour guides, which will expose female travellers to a range of local women – young, old, religious, conservative, rural, modern and liberal – while respecting traditional cultural values.

Strikes and marches across the world: "If we stop, the world stops"

Women all over the world have staged strikes and marches to mark International Women's Day. In Spain, more than five million workers took part in a nationwide strike under the cry of "if we stop, the world stops."

Women in Kenya, South Korea, Nepal, Turkey and Kiev, among others, also took to the streets to protest against the gender discrimination they experience.

Pink beer now exists

Women - rejoice! Not only do we have lady whisky, we now also have pink lady beer, courtesy of Scottish brewery, BrewDog. BrewDog says the beer is a "clarion call to expose sexist marketing to women, particularly within the beer industry. This is our overt parody on the failed, tone-deaf campaigns that some brands have attempted in order to attract women."

While we think their efforts may have missed the mark, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to charities that fight inequality and support women, so we can't really argue with that.

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Comedian raises £100,000 for women's charity

In what has become an annual IWD highlight, comedian Richard Herring uses his Twitter account to respond to every tweet asking "is there an International Men's Day?" This year, he put his hard work to good use (turns out there are a lot of people turning to Twitter rather than just Googling it themselves), and met his target of raising £100,000 for domestic violence charity, Refuge. You can read his hilarious tweets here.

Malcolm Turnbull is twice as supportive of women

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull inexplicably wore two pink ribbons when he addressed media on Thursday.

Mansplaining called out in UK parliament

In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May called out the man who mansplained her in parliament.

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