In the wake of International Women’s Day 2018, an annual event which takes place on March 8, it’s interesting to reflect on some of the reaction to events that took place around the world.

Women’s day this year fell in the midst of a massive feminist resurgence; a back-lash to some cataclysmic revelations concerning powerful male members within some of our most esteemed establishments.

The response from groups of women all over the globe has been to come together in solidarity, demonstrated with movements such as, the #metoo campaign and the feminist strikes in Spain.

It’s no surprise that Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 was feminism and 2018 has already seen an even bigger surge in female-driven political action. As attested by the BBC, this is the year of the woman.

So how was International Women’s day 2018 used as a vehicle to highlight the issues currently surrounding women in our society?

One prominent example was the BBC’s gender pay gap protest, which saw women leave their desks at 4.22pm, 9% short of a normal work day. This was to reflect the percentage that women are paid less on average and is part of a hugely contentious debate within the BBC work place regarding ‘equal pay for equal work’.

What is your opinion on the current climate of active feminism around the world? What are the most pressing issues for women today, do you think? What else needs to change within our global society before all women are treated with respect? This marks a major shift in the advancement of feminism. Collective action is required if continued progress is to be made. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like hear discussed on the FemmeFal podcast, then we want to hear from you! Send your emails to hc188835@falmouth.ac.uk, or leave a comment below.