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Celebrating International Women's Day at the School of Management

The School of Management is holding a number of events throughout the day on Wednesday 8 March 2023

The theme this year is is Embrace Equality.

'Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.'

You can find out more about the theme on the International Women's Day website.

Read below for details of events you can attend throughout the day

Women’s Career Network brunch

9:30 - 10:15am | Room 3.57

Join anytime during this session for tea, coffee and pastries.

This event is for PSS colleagues, academics, and doctoral candidates and is a chance to get together to discuss how we can #Embrace Equity and to explore the possibility of relaunching a Women’s Career Network.

If you would like more information, please contact Layla Branicki (Director of EDI) at

Embracing equity for women in work

12pm - 1pm | Room 0.13

To celebrate International Women’s Day, you're invited to a panel discussion to explore how to #EmbraceEquity for women in work.

This event is for PSS colleagues, academics, and students.

Jane Ellis-Brush will talk about leading the not-for-profit organisation 1st Impressions (Bath) CIC . The aim of 1st Impressions is to make a positive impact on all women wanting to work by providing a tailored service, focused on improving individuals’ confidence through wardrobe selection and interview coaching. Clients they have helped recently include prisoners coming up for release from HMP Eastwood Park and Ukrainian Refugees.

Peter Mott and Debbie Janson, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will share their perspectives and answer questions on how both men and women can help to embrace equity in industry. Both have extensive experience working in Engineering Industries where there is often a marked imbalance in gender representation.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Viktoriia Korsun:

Making Respectable Women: Changing Moralities, Changing Times.

1:15pm - 2:05pm | Room 0.13

Presentation by Professor Mary Evans, London School of Economics, Emeritus Leverhulme Professor

This talk presents the ways in which the assessment of being or not being 'respectable' has been applied to women in the UK in the past one hundred and fifty years. Mary Evans shows how the term 'respectable' has changed and how, most importantly, the basis of the ways in which the respectability of women has been judged has shifted from a location in women's personal, domestic and sexual behaviour to that of how women engage in contemporary forms of citizenship, not the least of which is paid work. This shift has important social and political implications: amongst these are the growing marginalisation of the validation of the traditional care work of women, the assumption that paid work is implicitly and inevitably empowering and the complex ways in which respectability and conformity to highly sexualised conventions about female appearance have been normalised. These forms of social marginality and exclusion act to exclude women in new ways, whilst at the same time challenging the part that gender has been assumed to play in organisational and political contexts. The talk concludes with insights on notions of respectability and citizenship for women in universities.

Mary Evans is an Emeritus Leverhulme Professor, the author of various studies of feminism and feminist writers.

All welcome. Please register here

If you wish to join online, please email Lucy Spedo Mirandola

Bewitching Consumer Culture: Witchcraft, Feminism and Markets.

2:15 - 3:15pm | Room 0.23

A presentation by Lorna Stevens, Senior Lecturer in MBS.

The witch figure has long fired the popular imagination. The book Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches), published in 1487, was a guide to witch-hunting that was rivalled only by the Bible in terms of sales, and it has never been out of print. It firmly established the witch as an evil sorcerous in league with the Devil who must be rooted out. Given the widespread persecution of women accused as witches over hundreds of years it is hardly surprising that the witch has become a powerful symbolic figure for feminism. Numerous books have sought to reclaim the witch figure as a positive, multi-faceted one, closely aligned to women’s empowerment, and the market for all things witchy has burgeoned.

The contemporary marketplace caters for casting spells and a plethora of other paraphernalia surrounding witchcraft, with hundreds of books, films, TV series and Youtube videos devoted to the craft. Numerous services now offer witch training, both online and offline. Social media sites have proliferated around the witch, particularly among young women who find in her history the ready-made trimmings of female empowerment. This presentation will explore how witchcraft, feminism and markets are deeply intertwined in the contemporary marketplace.

All welcome - no need to sign up

Equity rockets

3:30 - 4:30pm | Room 0.23

Come and listen to short presentation from faculty, doctoral students and professional staff. The line up so far:

  • Amanda Willmott: introducing the IWD 2023 theme
  • Professor Steve Brammer: corporate responses to intimate partner violence
  • Lucie Allott: Athena Swan
  • Professor Nancy Harding: the need to be prepared to resist the return of chauvinism and misogyny and how to resist it
  • The SOM Placements Team: how we support female students to access skills and employment in typically male dominated areas

Donate this International Women’s Day!

Clear out your cupboards this International Women’s Day and help 1st Impressions - a not-for-profit organisation co-founded by Dr Jane Ellis-Brush from the School of Management - to support women to create their best first impression. 1st Impressions are looking for high-quality new and used women’s clothing and accessories. Items needed include suits, trousers, jackets, shirts, shoes (preferably not high heels), and handbags.

On Wednesday 8th of March there will be a convenient donation box in the reception of the School of Management (10E). Any questions about dropping off your donations please contact Jane Ellis-Brush (, or Layla Branicki (

A group of women