Celebrating Women on 'International Women's Day' - 8th March

'International Women's Day' is on 8th March. This year's theme is #BreakTheBias. This statement is taken from the website - https://www.internationalwomensday.com

IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

“Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other's strengths.” Sheri L. Dew “A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

This CST activities page aims to be a celebration of women and their massive contributions to all our lives (after all we wouldn't be here without them) and society.


Ask members to tell stories about the women who helped shape them. What do they remember of their mothers and grandmothers? Who was their female role model?

Next, ask members to think about who is their heroine - their favourite female singer, movie star, comedian or politician. Perhaps it’s someone they would like to meet, say thank you to or have around for dinner. Ask members why they so admire the person they have named.


Next, ask members to complete these idioms and proverbs concerning women and discuss their meanings. Note how dated they are, in terms of stereotyping. - Adam and EVE - A woman's place is in the HOME/KITCHEN - A woman of SUBSTANCE - A scarlet WOMAN - A woman's work is never DONE - Don't teach your grandmother to suck EGGS - A woman of her WORD - A woman of MEANS - The world and his WIFE - Tied to your mother's apron STRINGS - Mummy’s BOY - A woman of few WORDS - Old wives' TALE - Woman of ill REPUTE - A woman after one's own HEART - A woman of the WORLD - Hell hath no fury like a woman SCORNED - A fine figure of a WOMAN - Mother EARTH - Mother TONGUE - Mother NATURE - Watch with MOTHER - Mothering SUNDAY (Coming up on 27th March)

- Wonder WOMAN

SONG. 'Woman', John Lennon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhfWiU8wGCc

What was John Lennon's wife's name? - YOKO


Picture Round: Ask members to identify the famous faces of women, both modern and historical figures. With each photo there is a description of the person and a meaningful quotation.

NB. You could print off the pictures for the tables, read the quotes and give first names to help members with identification.


Name the heroine?

Answer the supplementary questions?

1. This British author had a massive influence on British culture and feminism. Her works included 'Sense And Sensibility', 'Pride And Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma'. She died aged just 41 in 1817.

Quote: “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Who starred as Mr Darcy in the TV adaptation of 'Pride And Prejudice' in 1995?

2. This English social reformer and statistician was the founder of modern nursing (in the Crimean War). She died 13th August 1910, aged 90. Quote: "It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm."

What was her nickname?

3. The British Political Activist was leader of the British Suffragette Movement, which helped women win the right to vote. She died 14th June 1928, aged 69. (It was Emily Wilding Davison who was killed in June 1913 when she ran under the King's horse at Epsom and not this lady.) Quote: "Trust in God - she will provide."

Nearest guess. What year did women aged over 30 become eligible to vote in general elections?

4. This Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She died 4th June 1934, aged 66 (of radiation poisoning). Quote: "Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it. Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood."

What is the symbol of the cancer charity established in her name?

5. American aviation pioneer and author, she was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared on 2nd July 1937, aged 39.

Quote: "Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."

What was the name of her yellow Kinner Airster biplane?

6. This German-born Diarist and Holocaust victim wrote a diary in the attic where her family hid during the 'Secret Annex'. She died 12th March 1945, aged 15. (The 'Anne Frank Museum' can be visited today in Amsterdam.) Quote: "Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”

Nearest guess. How long were she and her family in hiding before being discovered by the Nazis?

7. This American author, political activist, and lecturer was the first deaf-blind person to earn a 'Bachelor Of Arts' degree. She died 1st June 1968, aged 87.

Quote: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

Which American author did she call her 'best mate' (he wrote 'The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn' in 1884)?

8. This Civil Rights Activist played a pivotal role in the 1955 Montgomery anti-apartheid bus boycott. She died 4th October 2005, aged 92. She was known as 'The First Lady Of Civil Rights'. Quote: "I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

Nearest guess. What year was slavery abolished in the USA?

9. This Saint was a Roman Catholic nun who established her mission in the slums of Calcutta in India. She died 5th September 1997, aged 87. Quote: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

The international airport in her home country is named after her? Which country was she born and raised in?

10. She is the longest serving Monarch of Great Britain and Head of the Commonwealth. She is still living, aged 95 (born 21st April 1926). Quote: “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”

Name her four children?

SONG BREAK. 'I'm Every Woman', Chaka Khan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVDCNmdi7QI



11. This Dame (born 19th September 1949) is an English model, actress, and singer. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model during the swinging sixties in London.

Quote: "I've always loved life, and I've never known what's ahead. I love not knowing what might be round the corner. I love serendipity."

What is her nick name?

And her real name?

12. This Dame (born 15th April 1959) is a British actress, screenwriter, activist, author, and comedian. She is one of Britain's most acclaimed actresses and is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards.

Quote: "You can't imagine what satisfaction can be gotten from throwing a pie into someone's face."

Complete the title of the 1993 movie which she awarded 'Best Actress Oscar' for - 'Howard's ***?

13. This Dame (born 9th December 1934) is a British actress, who made her professional debut on stage in 1957 at 'The Old Vic'. Among her major awards, she won a 'Best Supporting Actress' for the 1999 movie 'Shakespeare In Love'.

Quote: "I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself - that is the best combination."

Complete the name of the 2011 movie in which she starred - 'The Best Exotic ******** *****'?

14. This Dame (born 16th October 1925) is a British-American actress who has played many theatre, television, and film roles. Her career has spanned almost eight decades, much of it in the United States.

Quote: "I've never been particularly aware of my age. It's like being on a bicycle - I just put my foot down and keep going."

Complete the title of her popular TV detective series, 'Murder *** *****'?

15. This Dame (born 28th December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an extensive career on stage, film, and television, which began in the mid-1950s. She has appeared in more than 60 films and over 70 plays, and is one of Britain's most recognisable actresses.

Quote: "Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."

Which part did she play in 'Downtown Abbey'?

16. This Dame (born 26th July 1945) is an English actress who won the 'Triple Crown' of acting - 'Best Actress Oscar', 'Best Actress BAFTA' and a 'Golden Globe' for her starring role in the 2006 movie 'The Queen'.

Quote: The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.”

What was the name of her detective in the TV series 'Prime Suspect'?

17. This Dame (born 23rd May 1933) is an English actress, author and columnist. In 1983 she was awarded a 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame' star. Perhaps her most famous role was in the long-running TV series 'Dynasty'.

Quote: "Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you somebody who has never achieved much."

What was her character's name in 'Dynasty'?

18. This Dame (born 22nd February 1950) is an English actress, comedian and author. She has been awarded four 'British Academy Film & Television Awards'. Her first was in 1983 for her role in the film 'Educating Rita'.

Quote: "It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think."

Here is her dance with Jamie Bell in 'Billy Elliot' (2000) ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSTw8wOlBGY

What was her character's name in the Victoria Wood sketch show 'Acorn Antiques'?

19. This Dame (born 1st May 1946) is an actor, TV presenter and activist. Perhaps her best known role was as Patsy in 'Absolutely Fabulous', alongside Jennifer Saunders.

Quote: "I never mind scrubbing floors, vacuuming or bending and carrying stuff. Each time I do it I think, this is instead of going to the gym."

She has long campaigned to allow Ghurka veterans to be recognised as British citizens. Which country are the Ghurkas from?

20. This Dame (born 1st October 1935) is an English actress, singer, and author. With a career spanning seven decades, she has been the recipient of several accolades, including one British Academy Film Award for the 1965 movie 'Mary Poppins'.

Quote: "Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it."

Which part did she play in the 1966 movie 'The Sound Of Music'?

Here are some song clips from that movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBUz8UpHA8

SONG. 'There Is Nothing Like A Dame', South Pacific - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljm9CDRAhMQ



21. This actress, famous for playing "Blonde Bombshell" characters, died 5th August 1962, aged 36. Her most famous films included 'The Seven Year Itch', 1955; 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 1953 & 'Some Like It Hot', 1959.

Quote: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

Which cross-dressing pair starred alongside her in the 1959 movie 'Some Like It Hot'?

22. This renowned actress and singer died 22nd June 1969, aged 47. Her most famous films included 'The Wizard Of Oz', 1939; 'A Star Is Born', 1954 & 'Meet Me In St. Louis', 1944. Quote: "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

What are the names of her two daughters?

23. This former actress and Princess Consort of Monaco died 14th September 1982, aged 52. Her most famous films included 'Rear Window', 1954; 'To Catch A Thief', 1955 & 'High Society', 1956. Quote: "I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one's batteries."

Who co-starred with her in the 1954 Hitchcock movie 'Rear Window'?

24. This Swedish born actress died 29th August 1982, aged 67. Her most famous films included 'Casablanca', 1942; 'Anastasia', 1956 & 'Gaslight', 1944. Quote: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."

Who co-starred with her in the 1942 movie 'Casablanca'?

25. This British actress and humanitarian died 20th January 1993, aged 63. Her most famous films included 'Breakfast At Tiffany's', 1961; 'My Fair Lady', 1964 & 'Roman Holiday', 1953. Quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Who co-starred alongside her in the 1961 movie 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'?

26. She was a British politician and stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Quote: "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman."

True or False. Before entering British politics, she was one of the team of scientists who developed 'Mr Whippy' ice cream?

27. Former Member Of The British Royal Family, AIDS champion, landmine campaigner. She died in Paris on 31st August 1997, aged 36. Quote: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

What was her family name?

28. This actress and talk show host was a possible candidate for the US Presidential election in 2020. She recently gained international recognition for her 2020 interview with Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle. Quote: "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

Which coming of age in the Deep South movie did she star in in 1985?

29. Born 12th July 1997, this Pakistani activist for female education is the youngest holder of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, winning the accolade in 2018.

Quote: “I had two options. One was to remain silent and never to speak and then to be killed by the terrorists. The second option was to speak up for my rights and then die. And I chose the second one.”

Which group shot her in the head in 2012?

30. She is an American attorney and author who was the first black First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is still living, aged 57 (born 17th January 1964). Quote: “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”

What is her husband's name?



31. SONG. 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves', Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drGx7JkFSp4

Aretha Louise Franklin (lived 25th March 1942 - 16th August 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist.

Quote: "Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, it’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening."

What was her nickname?

32. SONG. 'I Am A Woman In Love', Barbra Streisand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzQPJy8Q6qE

Barbra Streisand (born April 24th, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning seven decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and is one of the few entertainers who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Quote: "Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth."

Who wrote the 1920 novel 'Women In Love'?

33. SONG. 'I Will Survive', Diana Ross - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpfSp40qy0

Diana Ross (born 26th March 1944) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame as lead singer of 'The Supremes', which became Motown's most successful act in the 1960s.

Quote: If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.”

In the 1972 movie 'Lady Sings The Blues', which Blues singer (another diva) dis she play?

Here is a clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSg2f7wIjQ

34. SONG. 'Jolene', Dolly Parton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0eeSoU35wM

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born 19th January 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. More recently she has advocated reading for juniors. To date she has given away over 130 million books.

Quote: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

What is the name of her ranch or homestead?

35. SONG. 'I'm Every Woman', Whitney Houston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7_sqdkaAfo

According to the Guinness World Records, Whitney Houston (lived 9th August 1963 - 11th February 2012) was the most awarded female musician in history. She possesses 15 Guinness World Records, 22 American Music, 16 Billboard Music, 1 Emmy and 6 Grammy awards.

Quote: "I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside."

Who is her famous aunt (she is also a diva)?

36. 'If I Could Turn Back Time', Cher - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgD9FyE60hs

Cherilyn Sarkisian (born 20th May 1946) is an American singer, actress and television personality. Commonly referred to by the media as the 'Goddess of Pop', she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry.

Quote: "Women have to harness their power - it's absolutely true. It's just learning not to take the first no. And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner."

What was her 1969 UK number 1 single with her husband Sonny Bono?

37. 'Don’t Cry For Me Argentina', Madonna - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD_1Z8iUDho

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born 16th August 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Referred to as the 'Queen of Pop', she is regarded as one of the most influential figures in popular culture.

Quote: "I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art."

Which Andrew Lloyd-Webber / Tim Rice musical does this song come from?

38. SONG. 'This Woman's Work', Kate Bush - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXzx--YefD8

Kate Bush (born 30th July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and record producer. She was the first British female to reach number 1 in the UK with a self-written song, 'Withering Heights' and her album 'Never For Ever' was the first to reach number 1 in the UK for the same reason. Kate also invented the headset microphone seen in most liver performances these days.

Quote: "The more I got into presenting things to the world, the further it was taking me away from what I was, which was someone who just used to sit quietly at a piano and sing and play. It became very important to me not to lose sight of that."

Which top 10 UK hit did she have in 1986 with Peter Gabriel?

Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEq-r2agqc

39. SONG. 'Skyfall', Adele - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeumyOzKqgI

Adele Adkins (born 5th May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. She is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with sales of over 120 million records.

Quote: “I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.”

Who starred as James Bond in the 2012 movie 'Skyfall'?

40. 'Simply The Best', Tina Turner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC5E8ie2pdM

Tina Turner (born 26th November 1939) is an American-born singer, songwriter and actress. Widely referred to as the 'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll', she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the 'Ike & Tina Turner Revue' before launching a successful career as a solo performer. Her debut solo album, Private Dancer (1984), won three Grammys and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Quote: "My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don't use special creams or treatments. It's a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret."

What is her proper (birth) name?


At this point in proceedings, having finished the quiz, ask members to say what they are 'Simply The Best' at? Go around the room.

Are there any other living or deceased female icons we should add to this list? Ask members if we have missed anyone and let us know.


SONG. 'Candle In The Wind', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK1XlMsTgmM

SONG. 'We Shall Overcome', Joan Baez - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM39QUiAsoM