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

'International Women's Day' is on 8th March. This year's theme is 'Choose To Challenge'. This statement is taken from the wensite - https://www.internationalwomensday.com

"A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality."

“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 our lives (after all we wouldn't be here without them) and society. Ask group members to think about who is their heroine - their favourite female singer, movie star, comedian or politician. Or perhaps a strong woman in their family they admire (or admired). 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 14th 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 quotation.


1. This Dame (born 19 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 real name?

2. This Dame (born 15 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 ***?

3. This Dame (born 9 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 ******** *****'?

4. This Dame (born 16 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 *** *****'?

5. This Dame (born 28 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'?

6. This Dame (born 26 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'?

7. This Dame (born 1 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.

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

For which 1965 movie did she win 'Best Leading Actress Oscar' for?

SONG. 'The Hills Are Alive', Julie Andrews - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AePRD1Ud3Lw


8. American aviation pioneer and author, she was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared on 2 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?

9. This American author, political activist, and lecturer was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor Of Arts degree. She died 1 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)?

10. She is the longest serving Monarch of Great Britain and Head of the Commonwealth. She is still living, aged 94 (born 21 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 main UK residences?

11. 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?

12. Former Member Of The British Royal Family, AIDS champion, landmine campaigner. She died in Paris on 31 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?

13. She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest 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?

14. She is an American attorney and author who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is still living, aged 57 (born 17 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?

SONG. 'Michelle', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBLi5eE-wY


15. 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?

16. This English social reformer and statistician was the founder of modern nursing (in the Crimean War). She died 13 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?

17. The British Political Activist was leader of the British Suffragette Movement, which helped women win the right to vote. She died 14 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.) Quote: "Trust in God - she will provide."

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

18. 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 4 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?

19. This German-born Diarist and Holocaust victim wrote a diary in the attic where her family hid during the 'Secret Annex'. She died 12 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?

20. This Saint was a Roman Catholic nun who established her mission in the slums of Calcutta. She died 5 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?

21. This Civil Rights Activist played a pivotal role in the 1955 Montgomery anti-apartheid bus boycott. She died 4 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?

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


22. This renowned actress and singer died 22 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 14 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 29 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 20 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. This actress and talk show host was a possible candidate for the US Presidential election in 2020. She is still living, aged 63. 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?

27. The Duchess Of Sussex is an American actress and wife of Prince Harry. She is still living, aged 39.

Quote: “We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?”

What is the association between this woman and the one above?

28. This actress, famous for playing "Blonde Bombshell" characters, died 5 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'?

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


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

Aretha Louise Franklin (lived 25 March 1942 - 16 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?

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

Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 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'?

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

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born 19 January 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

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?

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

According to the Guinness World Records, Whitney is 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."

How old would she be today if she had not died in 2012?

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

Cher 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 - its 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?

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

Madonna Louise Ciccone 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?

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

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.

'WORLD BOOK DAY' THURSDAY 7TH MAY Next, think about seminal works of literature written by women. Ask members to complete the titles and comment as to whether they have read them or seen film adaptations. Pride And - PREJUDICE - by Jane Austen. Published 1813 Franken - STEIN - by Mary Shelley. Published 1818 Jane - EYRE - by Charlotte Bronte. Published 1847 Wuthering - HEIGHTS - by Emily Bronte. Published 1847 Little - WOMEN - by Louisa May Alcott. Published 1868 Black - BEAUTY - by Anna Sewell. Published 1877 Hei - DI - by Johanna Spyri. Published 1880 Anne Of Green - GABLES - by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Published 1908 Polly - ANNA - by Eleanor H Porter. Published 1913 Murder On The Orient - EXPRESS - by Agatha Christie. Published 1934 Little House On The - PRAIRIE - by Laura Ingles Wilder. Published 1935 Reb - ECCA - by Daphne DuMaurier. Published 1938 The Famous - FIVE - On Treasure Island - by Enid Blyton. Published in 1942 To Kill A - MOCKINGBIRD - by Harper Lee. Published 1960 The Prime Of Miss Jean - BRODIE - by Muriel Spark. Published 1961 The Color - PURPLE - by Alice Walker. Published 1982 Bridget Jones - DIARY - by Helen Fielding. Published 1996 Harry Potter: The Philosopher’s - STONE - by JK Rowling. Published 1997 Ask members to add to the list, if they can...

Do members like reading a book, or listening to an audio book. For those with short term memory problems, a radio play might be a good alternative. Recommend the BBC 'Drama Of The Week' podcast.

TREE OF LIFE Using a large sheet of paper, flip board size, draw the trunk of a tree and branches. Ask members to colour images of birds, insects, animals etc to decorate the tree. Also stick on real leaves or coloured in leaves to fill in the branches. Make a collage if you have time, with stream and flowers under the tree. Be imaginative and creative. You can find a lot of outline images on the internet. here's an outline of Adam and Eve to start you off...

MOTHERS DAY CARDS Another idea for an activity would be to make a Mother's Day card for 14 March. Many people may have lost their mother, perhaps recently, so take care preparing for this activity. But if it is well supported then it can be a nice opportunity for reminiscence, with members saying a 'Thank You' to their mother and reflecting on their positive and inherited qualities. Another caution is some members may not have had such a positive relationship with their mother and wish to opt out of this activity. So give them the choice and provide an alternative. Perhaps colouring in the art deco templates of women provided here (loads of pictures are available on an internet search) would be a relaxing and enjoyable activity, linked to this week's theme.


1. 'Twiggy'

Lesley Lawson (née Hornby)

2. Emma Thompson

'Howard's - END'

3. Judi Dench

'The Best Exotic - MARIGOLD HOTEL'

4. Angela Brigid Lansbury

'Murder She - WROTE'

5. Maggie Smith

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

6. Helen Mirren

D.I. Jane Tennison

7. Julie Andrews

'Mary Poppins'

8. Amelia Airhart

'The Canary'

9. Helen Keller

Mark Twain

10. HRH Queen Elizabeth II

'Balmoral', 'Sandringham', 'Buckingham Palace' & 'Windsor Castle'

11. Margaret Thatcher


12. Princess Diana


13. Malala Yousafzai

'The Taliban'

14. Michelle Obama

Barack Obama

15. Jane Austen

Colin Firth

16. Florence Nightingale

'The Lady With The Lamp'

17. Emmeline Pankhurst


18. Marie Curie


19. Anne Frank

761 days (Just over 2 years)

20. Mother Teresa


21. Rosa Parks


22. Judy Garland