This primary resource introduces pupils to International Women’s Day in a fun comic-book format. Pupils will learn about the meaning and importance of this worldwide event, and discover the history behind it. When is International Women’s Day? What were the origins of International Women’s Day? How is the event celebrated?

In our International Women’s Day primary resource, pupils will learn about the discrimination of women throughout history, and gain an insight into the achievements and ongoing struggle for women’s rights around the world.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for introducing children to social movements and the fight for social change. It can be used as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for class discussion.

Activity: Ask the children to make an International Women’s protest banner calling for women’s rights and equality – using the information in our primary resource and their own creativity. This could be done as either a group or individual activity. Pupils could also create a poster or a piece of writing about the woman/women they find the most inspiring – whether it be a relative, friend or public figure.

N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South AfricaAustralia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales. 


National Curriculum Key Stage 1 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Second level Social Studies objective:

  • I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.


  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence 


  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences 


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Social Studies objective:


  • I can describe the factors contributing to a major social, political or economic change in the past and can assess the impact on people’s lives.


  • I can discuss the motives of those involved in a significant turning point in the past and assess the consequences it had then and since.


  • Through researching, I can identify possible causes of a past conflict and report on the impact it has had on the lives of people at that time.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Fourth level Social Studies objective:

  • By studying groups in past societies who experienced inequality, I can explain the reasons for the inequality and evaluate how groups or individuals addressed it.


  • I can make reasoned judgements about how the exercise of power affects the rights and responsibilities of citizens by comparing a more democratic and a less democratic society.


  • Having critically analysed a significant historical event, I can assess the relative importance of factors contributing to the event.

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