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Top 11 Events to Dismantle the Patriarchy for IWD 2024

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Looking for some interesting, useful and fun ways to smash the patriarchy this March?

Then check out our round-up of some of the best glass-ceiling smashing events taking place across London to celebrate women and explore what we can do to bosh existing gender inequalities into the past.

‘Inspire Inclusion’ is the theme of International Women’s Day 2024 on 8 March, inviting everybody to "imagine a gender equal world" and encourage people to actively include women in it.


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Top Female Chefs mark International Women’s Day

 CORD, the first fine dining restaurant by Le Cordon Bleu, is celebrating International Women's Day with an exclusive, five-course dinner delivered by all-female Le Cordon Bleu alumni and international talent.

Senior Sous Chef at CORD, Justine Bordet, will be leading the team for this special event, along with four top guest chefs: Gail Ge'er Li, Luciana Berry, Circle Wong and Emily Roux.

Aiming to shine a spotlight on women's achievements in the culinary world, each course will be cooked by one chef alongside carefully paired wines by female sommelier Jiachen Lu.

CORD, 85 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AE. 8 March. 6.30pm. From £96pp

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All-Female Comedy Night

A star-spangled, all female line-up will head to The Moniker by Drake & Morgan this International Women’s Day for a special collaboration with The Comedy Store to mark International Women’s Day.  Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner, welcome drink and a bar during performances from Thanyia Moore (Mock The Week, winner of the 2017 Funny Women Awards), Helen Bauer (Live at the Apollo) and Ria Lina (Have I Got News For You) for an hour of comedy celebrating the leading women of the comedy world. 

The Moniker, 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London , EC3M 5AD8 March. 6pm. £45 pp.

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Women in Wine Event

Paddington boozer, The Pilgrim will toast IWD2024 with a Women in Wine charity event hosted by Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett and VinaLupa founder Emily Harman. The pair will raise their glasses to women leaders of the wine world, with a curated wine tasting and wine educator, Christina Rasmussen, discussing the pivotal role of women in the wine industry.

The Pilgrim25 London Street, W2 1HH. 7 March. 

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Women of the World: One Night Live

Led by founder, Jude Kelly, Women of the World will mark IWD2024 with an evening of writers, thinkers, performers and activists telling stories from around the world, which celebrate the achievements of women, girls and non-binary people and take a frank look at the obstacles they face as well as solutions for change. Guests will include Annabel Hirsch (author of A History of Women in 101 Objects), singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, and poet and author Salena Godden. 

Shoreditch Town Hall380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT. 8 March. 6.30pm. From £22 pp

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AllBright Step Forward Summit

The world’s biggest collective of ambitious women, AllBright will mark IWD2024 with the 24-hour, Step Forward Summit, bringing together more than 200 pioneers and trailblazers for a day of talks, panels, workshops, pop-ups and wellness sessions. 

Speakers will include comedian and writer Katherine Ryan, businesswoman and food writer, Ella Mills - AKA ‘Deliciously Ella’ - and Emma Dabiri, author of ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’.

AllBright Step Forward Summit. The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG. 10 March. Tickets from £149 pp

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The Doyle Collection IWD Headshot Initiative

London women can head to The Marylebone Hotel for headshots by none other than award-winning photographer Lisa Tse, who previously co-curated the ‘209 Women’ portrait exhibition in Westminster.

To celebrate this year’s IWD, The Doyle Hotels across London, Dublin, Cork and Washington DC will host their annual initiative, supporting women in business with professional headshots for LinkedIn and websites.

All proceeds from each £15 ticket will be donated to UN Refugees, a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

The Marylebone Hotel, 47 Welbeck St, London W1G 8DN. £15 pp. 5 and 6 March 2024

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The Other Art Fair

Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair returns to The Truman Brewery this March, with an impressive 69% female-identifying line-up, championing some of the most exciting emerging female talents working today and continuing its ongoing mission to strive for gender parity in the art world.

The annual event offers Londoners the chance to buy artwork directly from more than 120 emerging talents, and to mark IWD, with rising stars, installations, performances, DJs and bar.

The Other Art Fair London, 7-10 March, The Truman Brewery, London E1

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Working Women of the East End Walking Tour

It’s difficult to cross the street in East London without bumping into a group of tourists taking notes on Jack the Ripper’s crimes.

But the Working Women of the East End tour gives a voice to the female stories of the area, including the women whose lives were claimed by Ripper and the stories and locations important to Britain’s First Feminist; Mary Wollstonecraft, the East London Suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, Eleanor Marx and the Match strike of 1888.

It also delves into what life was like for women, throughout the East End's history.

Working Women of the East End. Meeting point: Tower Hill Station, London EC3N 4DJ. From £30 pp.

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Women in Art Walking Tour

For centuries, Art History has been studied through the work and achievements of the male gaze.

This 2.5 hour walking tour at the iconic National Gallery will challenge that narrative, proving that women are not merely muses and objects of the male gaze, but its creators and innovators who had a vital role in art’s evolution.

You’ll discover artists including Rachel Ruysch, whose still life commissions bagged more money than Rembrandt ever achieved and impressionist Berthe Morisot, who exhibited work alongside Monet, Degas and Renoir, despite restrictions on her gender.

Women in Art Tour. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. 9 March. £25 pp

Firebird restaurant

Firebird and Friends Celebrate International Women’s Day

On 8 March, Firebird, Soho’s female-owned, open-fire restaurant and natural wine bar will launch its series of dinners celebrating female chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers.

Guests will enjoy Mexican-Ecuadorian asado grilling with Adriana Cavita (Head Chef and founder of Cavita) and Ana Oritz (Head Chef and founder of Fire Made) with a natural Mexican wine pairing from Mariana Fonseca (Sagerand Wine sommelier). Firebird. 29 Poland St, London W1F 8QR. 8 March.

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Women in Revolt!

Tate Britain’s major survey of feminist art by more than 100 women artists working in the UK is the first of its kind.

It explores how women used radical ideas and rebellious methods to make an invaluable contribution to British culture. Through their creative practices, women’s liberation was forged against the backdrop of extreme social, economic and political change. The show covers the women's liberation movement, domesticity, punk, the AIDS pandemic and visibility of Black and South Asian Women Artists. And currently, for every £1 a male artist makes, a female artist makes 10p, so the show couldn’t have come at a better time.

Women in Revolt! Art and activism in the UK 1970-1990 at Tate Britain. Until 7 April 2024, £17.

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