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08 Mar | Gender Equality

Celebrating Beyond International Women’s Day 2021

This year, the University of Lincoln celebrates International Women’s Day 2021 by highlighting some of our own women who have achieved success, and some who have made significant impact across the institution over the last year. In line with this year's theme 'Choose to Challenge', these women really have ‘chosen to challenge’, and embody excellence in the face of ever-changing priorities

International Women's Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated for over a century, with the first 8 March IWD gathering in 1914, supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, the Socialist Party of America, the UK's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere – it is not country-, group- or organisation-specific.​  

In an ongoing celebration throughout the month of March, we will share profiles, achievements and inaugural lectures of our very own (inter)national women, as they forge a path to inspire other staff and students across our One Community.

Prof Abigail Powell, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, College of Social Science

Presented her Inaugural Lecture: The Tenacity of Social Inequalities – what is the solution? In November 2020




Prof Mini Saaj, Global Chair in Robotic Engineering, School of Engineering

Presented her Inaugural Lecture: A Dream Career in Space Engineering in February 2021





Prof Abigail Woods, Pro Vice Chancellor/Head of College of Arts

Presented her Inaugural Lecture: Plagues, Pathogens and Policies – A personal journey through the history of animal health In November 2020




Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Spearheaded Athena SWAN Silver award – the inaugural silver award for the institution





Mrs Jade Willett, Assistant Catering Manager – Food and Hospitality

Shortlisted for TUCO Ltd 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award 





Dr Chiara Beccalossi, Associate Professor, School of History and Heritage

Included in the Global OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders’ List





Dr Nadia Gulko, Senior Lecturer and School Director of Teaching and Learning, LIBS

Named as Global Champion for Teaching Excellence 2020 by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants




Mrs Ruchi Aggarwal, Director Business Development, Lincoln International Business School

Shortlisted as a finalist for the Insitute of Directors (IoD) 'Midlands Director of the Year 2020'





Ms Bailey Marchant, VP Campaigns and Environment, Lincoln Students' Untion

Developed and launched the student ECO-Award





Ms Sade Sekoni, BAME Officer, Lincoln Students' Union

Student BAME officer working tirelessly for representation of BAME students




Ms Natalie Kirchin, LGBT+ Campaigns Officer, Lincoln Students' Union

Led a student letter-writing campaign to the Equalities Minister Elizabeth Truss to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy





A challenged world is an alert world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

For more information about the theme of International Women's Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge, visit IWD