International Women’s Day, a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements and calls on gender equality, is just days ahead on March 8th, with events taking place all over the world.
Key events in London include the annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival at the Southbank centre featuring exhibitions, film screenings, markets, and food. Penguin Publishing are also launching a pop-up bookstore featuring solely female authors. The Like a Woman Bookshop will be open from March 5th-9th and will be showcasing categories such as ‘Essential feminist reads’, ‘Inspiring young readers’, ‘Women to watch’ and ‘Changemakers’.
There are many ways to celebrate the women in our lives and we've rounded up some top picks to inspire you and celebrate this important day.
Shadows on the Wall by Peter Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh is a renowned photographer praised for his raw and real approach at capturing the authentic, non-airbrushed beauty of women. His work within the fashion industry and outside is acclaimed worldwide with notable credits including the cover shoot for the first American Vogue under Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Featuring women such as Robin Wright, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Alicia Vikander, Dame Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Lupita Nyong'o, Zhang Ziyi, Penelope Cruz, Rooney Mara and Uma Thurman. Each image is untouched and uniquely shot, revealing the natural, unfiltered beauty within each woman rarely seen outside the confines of picture-perfect Hollywood.
£52, Amazon, Buy it now
Biscuiteers Emmeline Jolly Ginger
Biscuiteers is getting into the female spirit with a special edition range of Jolly Gingers inspired by inspirational women in history, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Frida Kahlo. Each delectably spiced gingerbread treat is finished with delicate piped details and nestled into a hand-illustrated gift box. It's a fun, quirky gift to enjoy with friends at the office or with a nice cup of tea at home.
£6, Biscuiteers, Buy it now
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Since its release in 2013, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In has fast become a catchphrase for empowering women. The author, who has worked for some of the world's most successful businesses, uses her own experiences and looks at what women can do to push ahead with their career as well as changes they can make to effect change on a more universal scale. Consistently named as one of the best female empowering books, Lean In has become more than just a sensation, it's become a staple.
£6, Amazon, Buy it now
Wild at Heart International Women's Day Bouquet
If she brightens up your life, then this stunning bouquet is only fitting. Specially arranged for IWD, the vibrant mix boasts elegant pastel roses and bright yellow mimosa – which is the flower symbol of female solidarity. The hand-tied arrangement comes in four different sizes and needs to be ordered before 2pm for same-day delivery in London.
From £85, Wild at Heart, Buy it now
Bend It Like Beckham
The idea that girls shouldn’t play football is turned on its head in Parminder Nagra’s film about friendship, culture and parental expectations. Not only are the two main characters fantastic sports women and firm friends, they also fight against the female stereotypes that we learn from a young age. A great coming-of-age story to watch with your daughter.
£6.38, Amazon, Buy it now
PrettyLittleThing Grey Girl Power T Shirt Dress
Feisty oversized t-shirt dress to team with a padded bomber jacket or simply use as an extra long bedtime tee.
£10, PrettyLittleThing, Buy it now
The gift of learning a new skill can be appreciated for a lifetime, not to mention the handmade achievement she'll get to take home. This unique wood working course will teach the creative, hands-on woman in your life how to make a Windsor style stool along with other tools of the trade they can carry over into various projects.
£200 per person, Obby, Buy it now
Charlotte Tibury Matte Revolution The Queen
It doesn’t get more fabulous than this cerise-pink lipstick created in honour of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The buildable, matte formula contains 3D glowing pigments for a lit-from-within look and is designed in the shape of a lip brush. Enclosed in a smooth luxe case, this remarkable colour is a sophisticated go-to for all types of women.
£24, Charlotte Tilbury, Buy it now
YogaMatters Sticky Yoga Mat
A popular choice in yoga studios worldwide, this sticky mat is a must for your favourite yogi. Offering plenty of support, it has an impressive thickness of 4.5mm that’s ideal for those who require a bit more cushion and is also suitable for hot yoga. Twelve colours available, pair it with a class card from your local studio for a combo gift she'll be sure to love and use.
£17, Yoga Matters, Buy it now
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This empowering best-seller reveals how Sophia Amoruso went from having a number of dead-end jobs and thieving to becoming the owner and founder of successful online clothing retailer, Nasty Gal. Throughout her memoir, the author, who was featured on last year’s Forbes list of the richest self-made women, aims to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs. A must-read for millennial women.
£6.60, Amazon, Buy it now
National Art Pass membership
This brilliant and uniquely fun gift offers free or discounted entry to more than 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, with 24 eligible London museums and galleries. This 12 month individual membership also includes a welcome pack, Art Quarterly magazine, and Art in your inbox email subscription. It's a gift someone would never think to buy but would absolutely love to receive.
£67, Art Fund, Buy it now
Sass & Belle Tropical Flamingo Trinket Dish
Sass & Belle’s feminine homeware accessories are perfect for sprucing up any of her interiors. Crafted from durable ceramic material, this quirky flamingo dish is the ultimate kitsch gift for the girl with lots of trinkets.
£8.50, Sass & Belle, Buy it now