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This Tuesday, March 8th, is International Women's Day, so what better time to celebrate the potential and strength of women all over the world?

From rom-coms to action flicks, there are some incredible films out there that send a great message of female empowerment and will leave you feeling totally inspired.

So get the girls round this Tuesday and turn on one of these fab flicks…

1. The Help
Set in 1960s Mississippi, Emma Stone plays Southern society girl Skeeter who throws all social norms out the window when she starts interviewing black maids in her town about their experiences working for white women. A charming film with a very strong message.

2. Juno
Diablo Cody's script-writing debut tells the story of Juno, a high school student who is left totally unfazed by her unplanned pregnancy and makes plans herself to give it up for adoption. We still love quoting this 2007 film and are huge fans of the hilarious Ellen Page.

3. Steel Magnolias
M'Lynn, Truvy and Clairee are the definition of sassy, strong and independent women! Even though this film, starring a fresh-faced Julia Roberts as Shelby, is definitely a tearjerker, we still watch it again and again.

4. Wild
Reese Witherspoon lost out at the Oscars this year for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild, but if you haven't yet seen the film, it's a must for International Women's Day. After a terrible break-up and a devastating bereavement, Cheryl is left lost and decides to hike the 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail alone to find herself again.

5. The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen is the ultimate strong female protagonist – she kicks some serious ass in this film! This was Jennifer Lawrence's break-out movie and it's still one of her best.

6. Erin Brokovich​
Julia Robert stars in this true-life film which is a must-see for anyone losing faith in their ability to achieve their dreams and fulfil their potential. Unemployed single mother Erin Brokovich becomes a legal clerk and proceeds to single-handedly take on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a landmark case against the pollution of a city's water supply.



It's International Women's Dya and what better way top celebrate that then by cheering on Marvel's FIRST ever female superhero?

Yep, it's happening and it's not a moment too soon.


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So grab your pals and head to ODEON cinemas to enjoy a kick-ass flick led by the amazing Brie Larson.

Marvels first female superhero, Captain Marvel is hitting the screen at ODEON's to its 11 cinemas nationwide  on March 8. 

The Marvel blockbuster stars Brie Larson as an ex-pilot who after an accident gains superpowers and joins an intergalactic team called Starforce.

Brie Larson said, “It’s so interesting, as it’s not something I thought about until I was in the cinema watching Wonder Woman. About two minutes in, I was sobbing and thought, 'Why am I crying so much over this?'''

She continued, ''But it was seeing all of these warrior women who were so self-sufficient. That wasn’t something I identified with growing up – my hero was Indiana Jones. To have the chance to be one example of this is powerful and exciting.''

Our plans for this evening are definitely sorted – Happy International Women's Day one and all. 


DJing has long been a male-dominated pursuit – but luckily, time are a-changing. Ireland is blessed to host some seriously talented DJs, from Tara Stewart to Cici Kavanagh, and one DJ course in particulr is hoping to further promote gender equality in the industry. 

H&G Creations set up the non-profit DJ course Glitter Tits in 2018 with the purpose of wanting to offer people a safe space to learn how to work the decks.

With the current nightlife industry being overwhelmingly masculine, the objective of the course is to offer everyone an introduction to DJing in a supportive environment no matter your gender, sexuality or race.

Aimed at absolute beginners with the desire to fill the dance floor, the Glitter Tit's tutors of 2018 included Nialler9, Aimie from Le Boom and Gary O'Reily from Mix & Fairbanks.

The course has seen huge success among it's participants, and to celebrate International Women's Day, they are offering six wannabe-DJs the chance to join up for free. 

The 6 lucky students will get a crash course in the Glitter Tits method in The Bernard Shaw – and will be taught by none other than Aimie Mallon from Le Boom. 

The winners will be given a lesson on the mechanics of DJ decks, beat matching and mixing, and all you have to do to become a part of the action is fill out this form to win a place. 

Excuse us while we spruce up our Spotify playlists…



We all know that girls run the world, because if Beyoncé said it, then by God it must be true.

Online fashion giant PrettyLittleThing have been doing their best to promote female empowerment and body positivity, and now they've majorly stepped up their inclusion game.

The brand have launched #everyBODYinPLT, a campaign to involve absolutely everyone in their clothing lines in honour of International Women's Day.


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The new collection dropped today, and is set to be a sell-out hit; filled with a range of body types, abilities and ethnicities. We heart.

The clothes have got serious girl boss slogans on them, such as "Girl, you got this", "Girl Gang", "GRL PWR" and "Go Girl." All the things we need to hear when we're feelin' down in the dumps, despite our female badass-ery.

Better yet, the company are celebrating womankind by donating all proceeds to WAGGGS, the world's only movement for every girl and any girl. They believe that each of them deserves to be the best they can be.

WAGGGS represent 10 million girls in 150 countries, helping them to develop their leadership skills and empowering them to use their important voice for change in their communities and countries.

We support their ideal that all girls are valued, and have a place in this world.

Lauren Rose, Lauren Mahon, Mari Malek, Yasmin Jay, Giuliana Farfalla, Danielle Candray and Madison Lawson model the garments for the brand's cause, and look absolutely stunning while they're at it.

International Women's Day falls on March 8 every year, and works to promote issues around the globe for women that need progress and change.

Cheers to building up your fellow gal-pals; fly that flag for female friendships and sisterhoods for life.

Check out the #everyBODYinPLT collection online now, and pledge your allegiance to inclusive clothing.


Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas tragically lost his wife Gemma in November last year three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). She was only 40 years old.

On International Women's Day, the father-of-one decided to pay tribute to the woman who means so very much to him, their young son Ethan, and countless others.

The 45-year-old wrote on Twitter and Instagram, "On #IWD2018 we miss this wonderful woman so much. Kind, patient, compassionate, loving and a wonderful mum.

"A woman who stood in the breach for those around her who were less fortunate than her and needed help. The hole she’s left in our lives is immeasurable."

He also shared a sweet photo of Gemma kissing Ethan, who is about eight years old.

Simon's followers on social media sent messages of sympathy and hope in response.

"This is overwhelmingly heartbreaking," one Insta user shared, "God love him and his beautiful mummy."

"Captured the love she had for Ethan and he had for his mummy brilliantly," another commented, "Forever in your hearts."

"Such a wonderfully beautiful picture, it says so much… gave me a lump in my throat… sending you all love and hugs," a follower wrote.

One person said that Gemma's story inspired them to become a stem cell donor for those suffering from blood cancer.

"I don’t know if this can help treat AML but I hope to be a match for someone," Twitter user Bridget shared.

"Bridget you're amazing," Simon replied, "Thank you x"

Our hearts go out to Simon, Ethan, and everyone who has lost an important woman in their life.


Ladies, listen up!

If ever there was an excuse to catch up with the girls and head out for an few well deserved mid-week cocktails, International Women's Day is it.

To mark the occasion, one Dublin cocktail bar has pledged to give two free drinks to all of its female customers.

Between 5pm and 7pm this evening, NoLIta on South Great George's Street will be providing every woman with two drinks tokens, which can then be used at the bar at any time throughout the night.

A post on the bar's official Facebook page read: “This International Women's Day we want to toast to all the fantastic women in this city. So, we're giving all the ladies out there TWO free drinks in NoLIta this Thursday 8th March.”

“Simply rock up to NoLIta between 5pm-7pm to grab your two drink tokens that you can then claim at the bar any time that night. Who's in?”

Well, we know where we're heading for our after work drinks anyway – it'd be rude not to. 


Our hopes and dreams are often moulded by what we see as children, from images we notice on the TV to the toys that we used to play with. 

Barbie just announced that they're releasing over a dozen new dolls of incredible female role models in order to show young girls that they can be anything. We love this celebration of heroic women!

The dolls are coming out in honour of International Women's Day tomorrow, Barbie has noted, and they have said on Twitter that 'we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls'.

So who are these wonderful women we'll see as Barbies now? In the realm of sports, we have Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, boxing champ Nicola Adams Obe, fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, Italian soccer player Sara Gama, and gymnastics champ Gabby Douglas.

As far as the arts go, the legendary Frida Kahlo, filmmaker Patty Jenkins, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, principal ballerina Misty Copeland, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, film director Ava Duvernay, prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, and designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh are all represented.

As well, Bindi Irwin will have her own doll in recognition of her conservationist efforts. Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model and body activist Ashley Graham, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, and renowned chef Hélène Darroze are all going to be in Barbie form to give little girls diverse role models to look up to.

The campaign also encourages others to share their own heroes with the hashtag #MoreRoleModels.

Some of the women recognised took to social media to share the joy they felt at being represented as Barbies.

Misty Copeland even shared her own role model, writing on Twitter, "Excited that @Barbie is celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by honoring global role models, because you can't be what you can't see. My role model is ballerina Raven Wilkinson. Who is yours? Share with #MoreRoleModels!"

"Ahh! I'm so happy to be honoured as a @Barbie Shero alongside these incredible women! #InternationalWomensDay #Barbie," Chloe Kim tweeted excitedly.

Her Twitter feed certainly made her one of the most relatable athletes during the 2018 Winter Olympics when the 17-year-old shared on the social media site that she wanted ice cream in between qualifying runs.

Patty Jenkins, who made Time's shortlist for 2017 Person of the Year, tweeted, "Congrats to these incredible women. So honoured to share this moment with you!"

We are so proud of these women and happy to celebrate our heroes in the lead-up to International Women's Day!

Who are your role models?


This week, we celebrate all the wonderful women across the world, with International Women's Day. 

It's a chance to explore the historical women that helped shape the world we live in!

It is also an opportunity to celebrate the women of 2018, and how DEADLY we all are. 

If you fancy heading out to an event that will empower you, then here are some of the fabulous things on in Dublin this Thursday! 

The Powder Room: International Women's Day

This evening will focus on exhibiting female talent of all ages and genres, as well as welcoming charities and sole trading business’s, bringing different generations of women around Dublin together while admiring, supporting and learning from each other.

On the night, the venue will be playing host to have 20+ artists exhibiting their work, along with some amazing performer’s consisting of both live acoustics and Dj sets. They'll also be showcasing short films and music videos on the evening. 

Nobody will starve either! Guests will be lucky enough to be able to enjoy free food throughout the night, courtesy of The Yarn restaurant at The Woollen Mills on their gorgeous rooftop terrace. Oh, there will be a bar also, very important. 

Get your tickets here

Suffragette Walking Tour

Celebrate International Women's Day and 100 years of voting rights for women, by strolling through Dublin city to discover what happened when women in Ireland fought for the right to vote.

In Dublin of the 1900's you can hear the songs of the suffragettes and discover why the National Gallery was sent a warning letter from the police, where suffragettes went to learn ju-jitsu and which windows in Dublin Castle did Hanna Sheehy Skeffington smash?

This free lunchtime walk lasts one hour, starting at the Mansion House and ending at Dublin Castle. How fab?

Register for the event here

The Irish Times Women's Podcast for International Women's Day

The Little Museum of Dublin and The Irish Times Women's Podcast are delighted to present a special episode of the podcast recorded live at the museum on the morning of International Women's Day, March 8th.

In 'What's She Doing Here? (And How Did She Get Here?)', host Kathy Sheridan will talk to women who work in male dominated fields – from an aircraft engineer to a fire officer – about the joys and challenges of their roles. They'll talk to the women about their jobs but also about the path they took to get here and what they've learned along the way.

The podcast will celebrate these groundbreaking women and preview an upcoming exhibition at the museum about women who feature in a new book by photographer Beta Bajgartova.

The podcast will begin recording at 8.30am sharp.

#MeToo – Then and Now, by The Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

On 6 February 1918, the ‘Representation of the People’ Act was enacted in the UK, giving approximately eight million people in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland the right to vote, including six million women. After decades of campaigning by suffragists, the Act extended the franchise to women over the age of 30 years if they were married to members of the Local Government Register or property owners. It did not give parity with men. Under the same Act, the majority of men aged over 21 were given the right to vote.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Trinity are partnering with the Institute of Irish Studies in Liverpool University for a discussion exploring if and how the position of women in society has changed over the century.

It will be part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Behind the Headlines discussion series. 

Tickets available here

Network Ireland's Celebration of International Women's Day 2018 

Taking place in the Shrewsbury Suite, The Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Join MC Clodagh Walsh from RTE Radio 1 and 200 of Ireland’s leading business women, as we discuss Women’s voice in Politics, Women's Health, as well as Gender Pay Gap & Diversity.

Senator Catherine Noone will be speaking at the event. Catherine is a Fine Gael Senator, deputy leader of Irish Senate, a practising Solicitor, spokesperson for children and most recently; chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment.

Alonside Catherine will be Niamh Fitzpatrick and Aine Kerr. Niamh is a psychologist at Optimum Mental Health, who specialises in Peak Performance Sport & Business, , and Aine is co-Founder and COO at Neva Labs, a new Irish start-up, and has previously worked with Facebook, Storyful, Irish Independent, and Irish Times.

Get your tickets here, ladies


Book lovers, rejoice! In honour of International Women’s Day one of our favourite independent bookshops- Books Upstairs- is offering customers free coffee and cake (or tea and a biscuit.) All you have to do is buy one very special book.

Independent and Young Adult publishers, Little Island Books shared the joyous news on Twitter. They revealed that if you buy a copy of Siobhan Parkinson’s latest book Rocking The System at Books Upstairs you’ll be treated to a free hot drink and a tasty treat.


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“The gorgeous people at @BooksUpstairs are offering free coffee and cake to anyone who buys a copy of Rocking the System on International Women's Day! How amazing is that?!,” the publishers tweeted.

Siobhan’s book features 20 illustrated essays on Irish women, historical and contemporary, who have defied cultural norms, achieved great things and in some way rocked the system.

Inspiring historical figures featured in the book include Constance Markievicz and Sonia O’Sullivan.

This year’s International Women’s Day is extra special as 2018 marks 100 years since women in Ireland and the United Kingdom won the right to vote.

We’ll have to pop into Books Upstairs to purchase a copy of this wonderful book (and for tea and cake)

What a great way to spend International Women’s Day!


#Strike4Repeal is taking place today, to mark International Women's Day.

Massive crowds have gathered on O'Connell Street to rally against our government's abortion laws.

Many women, men and children are marching in solidarity against the Eighth Amendment, and the views of the turnout on social media is giving us goosebumps.

Here's a round up of the sights, the signs and the people around Dublin today:



One's a billionaire author, and the other's an actress-turned-activist, but underneath it all JK Rowling and Emma Watson are just two women who are 100% supportive of one another.

The pair first crossed paths back in 2001 when Emma was cast as Hermione in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. And even fifteen years on, they're still in contact – on social media, at least.

Earlier this week Emma and the author shared a seriously lovely interaction via Twitter, which no doubt had Harry Potter fans the world over crying happy tears.

Emma's been focusing her attention on gender equality issues of late, and has been doing amazing work as part of the UN's He For She campaign. On Tuesday she took to social media in honour of International Women's Day, and Ms. Rowling wasn't far behind her.

"News -Twitter has created a Heforshe emoji whaatttttt???!!!" Emma wrote. 

"Type hashtag HeForShe and our logo will automatically appear! #Heforshe #IWD16"

Within minutes JK replied to praise the 25-year-old's work, calling her an "inspirational woman.":

And of course, Emma couldn't resist sharing the love, telling JK, "RIGHT back at you. thank you for everything xx."

Crying? Us? Never.


Well, we didn't expect this to come out today.

Liam Payne just totally gushed about his lady of the moment Cheryl V-F.

The boyband star shared a selfie of his woman along with the caption: "Happy #internationalwomensday to my favourite woman in the world. Hope I make you as happy as you make me."


There has been so many rumours of late about these two, whether the romance is just for the camera or whether they really are an item.

Well this pretty much proves they are indeed an item. Sorry ladies, Liam is officially taken. And sorry Jean Bernard, it looks like Chezza is no longer your wife.