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Who runs the world? Five ways to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ashleigh Arnott

It’s International Women’s Day next week, on Tuesday March 8. Let’s join some badass London ladies and have a celebration, says Ashleigh Arnott.

Girls in Film

Enjoy a cult cinematic portrayal of the female psyche at these free weekend screenings at House of Vans in Waterloo. New favourites such as ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ join legendary lady-led classics such as ‘Thelma and Louise’. A whole schedule to prove that weird women are also wonderful.


Celebrate the wide range of absolutely massive tunes that have been created by women at Debbie, a regular club night playing only female-fronted rock, pop, indie, electro and dance. The next one’s in Dalston on March 19 – dance like everybody’s watching.


Tanya Gohlil started selling punchy vegetarian Indian-Persian dishes at Maltby Street Market last summer, and you don’t want to miss her buttery, richly spiced pow bhaji. Devi’s is about feminism as well as food, though; profits from the company are being used to build free schools for girls in rural India.

London Rollergirls

f you’d like fast-paced, feisty proof that women in sport can do boisterous too, this is it. This all-female roller derby league formed a decade ago this year and is still run by the skaters themselves, with the help of some dedicated volunteers. Head to their home season opener at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre on March 12 for two full-contact grudge matches, DJs, half-time entertainment and some excellent team names. Brawl Saints, for one.

Women of the World Festival

Join Gemma Cairney for a free evening of talks, debates and music with special guests on March 8. Part of the Southbank Centre’s five-day celebration of being female, the event will also feature some of the best records made by women in the last 20 years, and will highlight heroines both past and present. If she doesn’t play some Spice Girls, we’ll eat our platform trainers.

Check out four female focussed music events happening in London this March

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