Olympian celebrates International Women's Day

'Women in Sport - Going for Gold' will be held on Saturday 8 March at 12 noon in the McEwan Hall, Teviot Place.

Katherine Grainger next to the University Boat Club's eight-person craft, which is named after her.

Ms Grainger, who took up rowing as a student at Edinburgh, won gold in the Double Sculls at the London Olympics in 2012.

Louise Martin, Vice Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will also speak at the event.


More events across the University

International Women’s Day 2014 will also be celebrated in a series of events throughout the university.

Photography exhibition

The Old College Quad will play host to a photo exhibition of 40 newly commissioned photos of inspiring women.

The exhibition showcases the work of seven photographers ensuring that different perspectives and styles capture these outstanding women.

Among those featured from Edinburgh are Professor Mary Bownes, Senior Vice-Principal External Engagement; Sarah Smith, University Secretary; Mona Siddiqui, the School of Divinity's first Muslim Professor; and Rebecca Cheung, Professor of Nanoelectroncis in the School of Engineering.

There will be a smaller exhibition in the University Visitor Centre, which is open Monday-Saturday.

Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change

Saturday 8 March 2014, 10.00am

Monday 31 March 2014, 5.00pm

Old College Quad, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

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Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change (mini exhibition)

Open Monday-Saturday.

Saturday 8 March 2014, 10.30am

Monday 31 March 2014, 5.30pm

Visitor Centre, 2 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD

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Writers' conference

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and writers group Scottish PEN will host an event that brings together creative writers, scholars and critics.

‘Home and Belonging: space and place, women commonwealth writers and Scotland’ will take place on Friday 7 March 2014.

Taking part are writers Robyn Marsack, Chiew-Siah Tei, Leila Aboulela, Bashabi Fraser, Meaghan Delahunt and Kadija George.

The writers will give readings and discuss their work with the audience.

Please register by email:

Home and belonging: space and place, women commonwealth writers and Scotland

This event is free, but registration is essential as space is limited.

Thursday 6 March 2014, 11.30am

Friday 7 March 2014, 6.30pm

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the University of Edinburgh, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9NW

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Programme details (PDF)

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March each year. The day originated in 1911 as an official day to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women.

Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A range of global activity connects women from around the world.

Activities include political rallies, business conferences, networking events, craft markets and theatrical performances.

Related Links

International Women's Day 2014 - Equality and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh

International Women's Day 2014 - official website