International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Each year, the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout society are celebrated during Women's History Month and, on March 8, International Women's Day – which is also a time to reflect on the work that still needs to be done to achieve gender parity.

Throughout the month, the University will be sharing inspirational stories and achievements of women from across the institution. We will also be featuring events being held by the University and the Union of Kingston Students, themed around gender equality.


*Artwork in banner image by Kingston School of Art Fine Art MFA graduate Clara Lang-Ezekiel.

As a minority ethnic male co-chair of the institutional Athena Swan, I live the principle of equality for all staff and students of all backgrounds and aim to champion intersectionality and gender as a spectrum.

Dr Al-Kinani, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmaceutics

Dr Al-Kinani, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmaceutics

Representation is important. I think it fills an internal yearning that validates you and almost gives you permission to take your place in the professional world. It says that you can, it says that you should, it says glass and concrete ceilings can be broken.

Paula Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Department Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Paula Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Department Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Embrace Equity

International Women's Day this year is inviting us to #Embrace Equity. This year's theme is to highlight the difference between equality and equity recognising that everyone comes from different contexts and situations and therefore the opportunities they receive must meet their individual needs to be successful.

Staff and students from across the University have come together and shared photographs of themselves demonstrating their commitment to this year's theme with an embrace stance, and we will be sharing more of these throughout March across our social media platforms.

Two women and two men crossing arms to demonstrate a commitment to calling out inequality.

A fair society requires equity for all."

Professor Jean-Christophe Nebel, Professor at School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment

One of my favourite quotes is: 'Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try' – Michael Jordan.

As a woman in the construction industry, being on site can be intimidating. Trust that you are an important member of the team regardless of your sex."

Zoé Almazán, Lecturer in Building Surveying

Supporting female entrepreneurship

Celebrating its second year since launching, Kingston University's Women in Enterprise Network (KUWEN) is hosting a seminar in celebration of International Women's Day. Hear from inspiring women entrepreneurs Jackie Groundsell, owner of 1230 The Women's Company and Shikta Das, Genetic Epidemiologist and Data Scientist.

KUWEN is a vibrant community of business women, brought together to connect with and support each other, share business ideas and explore best practice.

Dr Yuliana Topazly
Two women working in a research laboratory.

Women in STEM

From celebrating the achievements of our talented students, staff and researchers to encouraging more women to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Kingston University is committed to supporting and championing our women in STEM.

University leaders discuss career experiences, role models and advice for students

"You feel you need to prove yourself above and beyond if you're the only woman in the room, or the only woman of a younger age in the room – you feel that perhaps there could be a sense of people assuming you're not of the same level of experience as them for whatever reason."

Caroline Harries, Kingston University's Chief Financial Officer, and Mandy Ure, Dean of Kingston School of Art, met during Women's History Month to discuss some of the challenges they have faced throughout their careers. As senior figures at the University, and part of the Senior Leadership Team, they offer advice to the next generation of female leaders and share inspirational role models throughout their working life. Their discussion also explores the importance of support networks and the role of allies in helping support women to achieve their full potential.

KU women in the news

Kingston University's annual Woman in STEM Award

A computer science expert whose research could lead to potentially lifesaving early and better diagnosis of certain cancers and heart disease has been named the second annual winner of the Kingston University Woman in STEM Award.

Jackie McRae

Leading speech and language therapy expert at Kingston receives national recognition for Covid-19 work

One of the country's leading speech and language therapy experts, based at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has received awards from two national organisations for her key work in spinal cord injury research and in the battle against Covid-19.

Pamela Hutchinson

Kingston University graduate recognised in New Year's Honours

A diversity and inclusion champion who is among a group of celebrated individuals from the Kingston University community recognised in the latest New Year's Honours list has reflected on the importance of her legacy to ensure equality of opportunity for the next generation.

Jessica Bell, Student Nurse of the Year

Kingston University student named Student Nurse of the Year

A Kingston University undergraduate has been hailed as Student Nurse of the Year by a leading Chief Nursing Officer for her work in improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

Gender equality resources

Student and staff picks



  • No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Ladies Can't Climb Ladders by Jane Robinson
  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • Ten Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


  • Hidden Figures
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Suffragette
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Colette

Women's organisations

  • WHEN - Women in Higher Education Network
  • The Fawcett Society – Campaigns for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics.
  • Million Women Rise – A coalition of individual women and representatives from the women's voluntary and community sector which organises an annual national demonstration against male violence that coincides with International Women's Day.
  • Women's Aid – A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of services across the UK.
  • Amazing Women Rock – An online community 'for amazing women and those who appreciate them'.
  • Rights of Women – A women's voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering women concerning their legal rights.
  • VITAE – Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.
  • Forward Ladies – A business networking organisation for professional women.
  • A Guide for Women in STEM – Research shows that women are underrepresented across most technical and scientific fields, including data science. This guide is intended to provide a general background and specific resources for women considering STEM fields.