14 March 2018

This year, International Women’s Day was celebrated worldwide on 8th March. Here at school, two lucky year 9 students, Mary-Jane and I, were given the opportunity to visit Sunshine House in Wigan to celebrate 100 years since women were given the right to vote.

We were taken to Sunshine House in the morning by Mrs Leonard and when we got there, we listened to many interesting talks by female leaders and other influential women. One of these women was Rita Culshaw: a woman who was part of the Pit Brow Lasses. These were a group of women who worked at the Wigan Junction Colliery and when an MP from London tried to take their jobs away, they marched through London in their work clothes demanding that they get to keep their jobs. Not only were we given inspiring speeches from women such as Rita, we got to see a performance from the On The Go Theatre Company, where they acted out the Pit Brow Lasses marching through London. In order to get us further involved, we were given a tasty, traditional meal of hot pot and vegetables for our lunch. 

The day was very informative and inspiring, and I learned how important it is to stand up against inequality. Overall, it made me feel proud of how far we have progressed over the past 100 years. 

by Lucy, 9S