International Women's Day And Women's History Month 2024 Events In London

Last Updated 08 March 2024

International Women's Day And Women's History Month 2024 Events In London
Two women in a kitchen, smiling at each other with their arms around each other
ActionAid's Women by Women exhibition celebrates female refugees.

March is Women's History Month, and 8 March is International Women's Day 2024, so there are plenty of events celebrating women and girls, non-binary and female-identifying people this month. These are our picks of events and things to do in London:

Arab Women Artists Now Festival 2024

Previously taking place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) festival celebrates art, music, films, comedy, performances and more, created by female artists from the Arab world. It coincides with International Women's Day each year, and though the 2024 programme hasn't officially been announced at time of writing, two events at the Royal Albert Hall are available to book. Trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed launches this year's festival with a Late Night Jazz session on 29 February, and there's a special, all-female edition of regular comedy night Arabs Are Not Funny on 1 March.

Art On A Postcard IWD Auction 2024

Regular charity art auction Art On A Postcard hosts its fifth annual International Women's Day auction. Bid online for limited-edition postcard-sized artworks from a variety of emerging and established female artists. Money raised goes to The Hepatitis C Trust, with a focus on the work the charity does in women's prisons.

Artists involved range from recent graduates, to established and world-renowned artists, and there's a chance to attend a private view of the works on 5 March (RSVP here).

Art on a Postcard IWD auction, online bidding 24 February-12 March 2024.

The Pem Presents IWD

Sally Abé, chef at restaurant The Pem has curated a line-up of leading female hospitality figures for a four week series of special International Women's Day dinners. Tuck into exclusive dinners created by acclaimed chefs Romy Gill MBE, Candice Brown, Poppy O’Toole, and Chantelle Nicholson, in collaboration with Sally. Each event features a four-course menu featuring brand-new dishes.

The Pem Presents IWD, 1, 7, 15, 22 March 2024.

Smart Works pop-up in Carnaby

Smart Works is a charity which helps unemployed women to find jobs, by providing coaching, as well as professional clothing to wear to interviews. For most of March, it has a pop-up shop in Carnaby selling clothing and products from fashion, homeware, childrenswear, accessory, and beauty brands — with all proceeds going to the charity.

Smart Works pop-up, 1-24 March.

This is a sponsored inclusion on behalf of the Royal Academy.

Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy

A painting of two women in silk clothes, one with a dramatic mask
Angelica Kauffman, Portraits of Domenica Morghen and Maddalena Volpato as Muses of Tragedy and Comedy (detail), 1791. Oil on canvas, 125 x 158 cm. National Museum in Warsaw MNW. Photo © Collection of National Museum in Warsaw. Photo: Piotr Ligier

The Royal Academy unveils its latest exhibition, Angelica Kauffman, just in time for Women's History Month. A founding member of the Royal Academy, Kauffman was one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century, and her works predominantly featured female protagonists — think women from classical history and mythology, as well as some of the most influential figures of her day, including queens, countesses, actors and socialites. Catherine the Great and Emma Hamilton were among her patrons.

The exhibition is a chance to get a closer look at Kauffman's paintings and preparatory drawings, and to learn about her life from child prodigy to rise to fame in London, her role as a founding member of the Royal Academy and her later career in Rome, all of which resulted in her being described as "the most cultivated woman in Europe".

Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy, 1 March-30 June 2024.

Women on the Frontlines exhibition

Elizabeth Okoh, sitting down wearing a yellow dress and holding a camera
Elizabeth Okoh, curator and photographer of the Women on the Frontlines exhibition

Opening at Buckle Street Studios, Women on the Frontlines is an exhibition celebrating 10 women who worked in essential jobs, from the NHS to postal services, during the Covid-19 lockdowns, and looking at the mental, physical and emotional toll it took.

Women on the Frontlines, free, 2-31 March 2024.

Women of the RNLI exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

Women of Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station, 24 September 2016

Greenwich's National Maritime Museum opens its Women of the RNLI exhibition in early March, to mark the bicentenary of the founding of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. It features 42 photographs taken by Jack Lowe, photographer on the Lifeboat Station Project, each depicting women who volunteer for the RNLI. It also looks at the charity's history and how women have been involved from the start, from fundraising to rescue missions.

Women of the RNLI at National Maritime Museum, 2 March-1 December 2024. Check out what else is on at the National Maritime Museum for Women's History Month 2024.

Mothers in Ballet at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House screens newly-commissioned film, Mothers in Ballet, which covers the experiences of dancers who are also mothers. Director Eliza Schroeder looks at the conflicts and challenges involved in combining a career in dance with motherhood.

Mothers in Ballet, 5 March 2024.

Women by Women exhibition at gallery@0x0

Charity ActionAid hosts Women by Women, a free exhibition of photographs celebrating refugees from around the world, taken by female photographers from Poland, Uganda, Bangladesh, Colombia and Turkey.

The photos highlight the  contributions refugees make to their host communities, from the Rohingya women living in Bangladesh who have trained as lifeguards to protect children in the community, to the activists in Uganda's refugee settlements who are teaching girls how to make their own reusable period products.

Women by Women exhibition, free, 7-10 March 2024.

EVE Wrestling at Big Penny Social

EVE: Riot Grrrls of Wrestling was founded to completely destroy misconceptions that wrestling is a male-dominated industry. It's described as a "punk-rock, women's wrestling and cabaret night out", and comes to Big Penny Social in Walthamstow for two International Women's Day events.

Eve Wrestling at Big Penny Social, 7 March and 8 March 2024.

London's new Women's Museum opens

Timed to coincide with International Women's Day, the new Women's Museum in Barking finally opens its doors. Its opening exhibition is An Idea of a Life, curated by Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf, which focuses on the everyday histories of the women-led communities run by the abbess and nuns who lived in nearby Barking Abbey.

The Women's Museum, Barking. Free, from 8 March.

Women of the World 2024

Headshot of Jude Kelly wearing a blue jacket and earrings, smiling at the camera
Jude Kelly hosts WOW: One Night In London. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

It doesn't look like there will be a Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre this year. Instead, we've got WOW: One Night Live In London, an event at Shoreditch Town Hall.

WOW Founder Jude Kelly hosts, as writers, thinkers, performers and activists and share stories from around the world, celebrate the achievements of women, girls and non-binary people, and take a look at the obstacles they face and discuss solutions for change. The evening is also the launch event for new audiobook A History of Women in 101 Objects, with author Annabelle Hirsch present.

WOW: One Night Live In London, 8 March 2024.

International Women's Day Comedy from The Comedy Store

Thanyia Moore is on the line-up

The Moniker by Drake & Morgan partners with The Comedy Store for an all-female comedy night on International Women's Day. Thanyia Moore, Helen Bauer and Ria Lina are all scheduled to appear, and your ticket include a three-course dinner and welcome drink.  

International Women's Day Comedy, 8 March 2024.

A female take on Macbeth

A woman's reflection in a shard of glass
Macbeth (An Undoing) comes to the Rose Theatre, Kingston

Zinnie Harris has dedicated much of her writing career to reinterpreting female characters in classic western plays, viewing them with a contemporary and sympathetic eye. Such is the case with her play, Macbeth (An Undoing), in which Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth takes the lead role from her husband. It's on at Kington's Rose Theatre for two weeks.

Macbeth (An Undoing), 8-23 March

Women in Wine at Humble Grape

Crouch End wine shop Humble Grape celebrates females in the winemaking industry with a special Women In Wine tasting event. Sample four wines, all crafted by female winemakers, while hearing from female entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.

Women in Wine, 21 March.

International Women's Day 2024 walking tours

Exterior of Southwark Cathedral
Learn about women with links to Southwark Cathedral. Photo: Matt Brown

WOMEN OF LONDON: A history tour company focusing on women's history, Women of London offers female-centric tours all year round, including one focusing on women in the British Museum, and another telling the stories of working women on the East End. Keep an eye on the website for Women's History Month/International Women's Day specials.

WOMEN OF SOUTHWARK: A Southwark Cathedral guide leads an hour-long Women of Southwark tour, focusing on women whose lives were connected to the cathedral, including Victorian educator Octavia Hill and Queen Mary. 7 March

LITERARY WOMEN: As part of this year's Literary Footprints Festival, Footprints of London tour guide Daniella King offers a walking tour around the Square Mile with a theme of literary women. Agatha Christie, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Bronte Sisters all feature, along with some lesser-known female authors. 9 March

PROTEST AND POWER: The Royal Parks offers a special Women's History Month tour of Hyde Park, focusing on little-known stories of women in the park throughout its history. Hear about pickpocket Jenny Diver who was executed at the Tyburn Tree, and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who made use of Speakers' Corner to get her message heard. 9 March

Women's History Month 2024 talks and lectures

LSE TALKS: See Dr Grace Lordan and comedian Cally Beaton in discussion about sexism in comedy at LSE. They talk about how comedy can both perpetuate and conceal sexism, and the complex interplay between humour and societal issues. FREE, 5 March. There's also an LSE Library Late, celebrating 10 years of the Women's Library Reading Room, with a chance to view the archives and take behind the scenes tours. FREE, 7 March

ART OF PROTEST: Ahead of International Women's Day, the V&A Museum offers a free lunchtime lecture about new exhibition exhibition Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest, which opens at South London Gallery on IWD. Hear about some of the themes of the exhibition, which brings together 16 international artists using the camera to challenge and move beyond traditional modes of protest photography. FREE, 7 March

Read about more great London women

Mechanics standing in front of Spanners With Manners, London's first all female garage. Pictured Megan Kulcsar, Laura Kennedy holding her dog Tiny, and Siobhan Kennedy holding her dog Ralphy.
Image: Paige Kahn/Londonist

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