Today is International Women’s Day 2011, a day to celebrate women’s achievements, to mark their economic, social and political achievements, and to inspire girls and women. But today is also a very special International Women’s Day, today is the centenary celebration of this day because International Women’s Day was first honoured in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on the 19th March 1911.

At school today, my two youngest children had to write about famous and important women and my daughter chose Mother Teresa and my son chose me. I had to laugh! Anyway, if you had to choose five historical women whose achievements or lives have inspired you, who would you choose? My choices are:-

  • Anne Boleyn
  • Elizabeth I
  • Sophie Scholl
  • Joan of Arc
  • Harriet Tubman

But I found it hard to narrow it down to five!

Last year, we celebrated International Women’s Day by looking at Henry VIII six wives and various other Tudor women – you can see that article at “Celebrating the Six Wives and Tudor Women”.

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