International Women's Day

Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 12:00 AM through March 09, 2020

IWD 2020 resources

Sunday 8 March 2020 marks 109 years since the first International Women's Day (IWD). It offers the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women past, present and future, across the world.

How will you recognise IWD this year?

Here are some suggestions for activities:

Explore the ideas and resources on the IWD website

Check out the web links assembled by the City of Melbourne

Visit Wayward Women? an exhibition at the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne (open from 10 am to 4 pm)

Visit the Suffrage Research Collection at NGV International (St Kilda Road, Melbourne), acquired with assistance from Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family (open from 10 am to 5 pm)

Visit Heidelberg's Busy Bee Signature Quilt 1895-96, an exhibition at the Old Heidelberg Court House (open from 2 to 5 pm)

Make a tax-deductible donation to support the development of Brazen Hussies, a film documentary that celebrates the bold women who ignited a feminist revolution in Australia during the Women's Liberation era (1965-1975)

Screen the Brazen Hussies teaser trailer at your event during Women's History Month, and alert your audience to the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to the project (as per the previous paragraph)

If you are hosting an IWD event on Sunday 8 March and would like it to be added to this list, please email [email protected]

If your event is about Women's History and is being held during March 2020, please add it to the calendar for Women's History Month. (See the instructions HERE.)


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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).



The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342