International Women's Day Ideas

Paper Topic Ideas for Teachers and Students

March 8 is International Women's Day every year. The day has been observed since the early 1900s, and as you can imagine, its history offers many, many writing and event ideas for students of women's studies.

Each year International Women's Day organizers choose specific topics to focus on for raising awareness. Item No. 2 in the list below is from 2013. If you are interested in women's studies, use it to inspire writing ideas and events you can create in your own community. For themes from other years, see:

We have also included resources available on the vast About network. You'll want to start on the International Women's Day website, but that's not the only place to find ideas. Don't miss Jone Johnson Lewis's site: Women's History, Linda Lowen's site on Women's Issues, and our list of 10 Paper Topics Concerning Women.

Whether you're the teacher or the student, we hope our list will make your decisions a little easier. I'm guessing you're likely a woman if you're reading this. Happy International Women's Day to you!

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It was 1908, more than 100 years ago, that women finally stood up and demanded better working conditions and the right to vote. We think of the 60s as the decade of feminism, but the first feminists were grandmothers by then. Honor those women by writing about their initial efforts toward equality for all women.

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OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: L-R Thorbjorn Jagland of Norway, Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai, Kaci Kullmann of Norway, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn of Norway, Berit Reiss-Andersen of Norway and Gunnar Stalsett of Norway at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony at Oslo City Hall on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images). Getty Images Europe - GettyImages-460249678

Each year, organizers choose a theme for International Women's Day. The 2013 theme was Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum. In 2014, it was Inspiring Change. In 2015, Make It Happen.

Is there a war on women? A gender agenda? Is it only just beginning? This paper topic from 2013 is gigantic, with many, many topics embedded in it. Choose one or give an overview of the war on women.

This is not hard and fast. Communities around the world often choose their own theme based on the most relevant issues they're facing.

This is a fascinating paper topic. Look at the history of themes and how they mirror global history. Examine the various themes around the world in a single year and how they reflect what's happening globally.

Can you predict what might be the themes of the future?

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 08: Females pose during a march marking International Women's Day on March 8, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marches and events were held worldwide to support gender equality and women who battle gender-based violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images). Getty Images South America - GettyImages-465618776

Women around the world plan special events to recognize International Women's Day. Highlight some of those events, or even better, plan one of your own in your community or at your school, and write about it.

On the International Women's Day site, you can search for events in countries around the world and review the many diverse event ideas. They're creative and fascinating! This list will definitely get your creativity flowing. More »

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CHANGCHUN, CHINA - MARCH 8: (CHINA OUT) A woman performs belly dance during a contest to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2008 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China. The day honors the achievements of women past and present and is marked globally on March 8, 2008. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images). Getty Images AsiaPac - GettyImages-80166443

As I'm sure you can imagine, International Women's Day is a perfect opportunity for expression through the arts: writing, painting, dance, any creative expression! This is a perfect topic for art students to not only write about International Women's Day, but to express their feelings about it in their own medium.

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  • International Women's Day Clip Art
  • Celebrating Women in the Performing Arts on International Women's Day
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Journalism students might be interested in writing about how news of International Women's Day has continued to spread around the globe, how women in different countries communicate with and support each other, or how the sharing of ideas has changed over the decades, especially with the lightning-speed development of social networks.

It might even be fun to develop a communication of your own in your school or community via a newsletter, website, or app. Be creative!

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