Share your story for International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up on Monday 8 March 2021 and we’d really like to take this opportunity to share your stories and experiences of progressing gender equality.

This year’s IWD campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge – we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.

If you would like to be featured in the Staff Update on Friday 5 March, please share a photo of yourself doing this year’s #ChooseToChallenge pose, along with a short caption about how you’re challenging gender bias and inequality. We’d love to hear from all gender identities, indeed, progressing gender balance relies on us all.

We know that the pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women, many of whom have taken on additional caring and home-schooling responsibilities. In recognition of this, we would also welcome captions talking about your achievements or things you are proud of in this exceptional year.

Email your photos and short captions to by 10am on Thursday 4 March. Alternatively, share your #ChooseTo Challenge post on Twitter @sheffunistaff #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 on International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March and we will retweet.

We hope you understand that we will try our best to respond to everyone and to use everything we receive, and please accept our apologies in advance if we cannot. For content in the Staff Update, we reserve the right to edit content without altering the fundamental meaning or perspective of your comment.

Events for International Women’s Day:

This year, our International Women's Day event will take place on Wednesday 10 March, 2.50pm – 4pm. Our speaker will be Pamela Harris, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams College in the US. Pamela will share her story of student advocacy, of coping with change and uncertainty, and of building a research community, under this year's theme of #ChooseToChallenge. Further details and event registration