International Women’s Day – Celebrate with our Resources

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International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter raising awareness about bias and promoting a more gender-balanced world.

In keeping with the day’s theme for those of you studying English at the University of Sunderland the British Library has an interesting post Women playing Shakespeare: The first female Desdemona and beyond which charts women’s rise to the Shakespearean stage playing the roles of women rather than boys (as was practice in the past) and examining developments in their roles in Shakespeare’s plays up to the 21st century where women have taken on male roles eg Hamlet.

On the history front the British Library’s online post Women in Anglo Saxon England focuses on the different roles women played in the Anglo Saxon world from slave to leader and how these roles changed.

If you’d like to find out more about what the University of Sunderland library has on gender balance to follow this year’s International Women’s Day theme further browse through our past 5 years’ of material. The material covers sociology, criminology, media and beyond.




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