March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day…. is not country, group or organisation specific.
Here at Hear The Boat Sing, however, we are fairly ‘group specific’ and, for a few years, I have marked IWD with images of women’s rowing through the ages. I can understand if some people regard this as tokenism. It is difficult to argue against this, my posts do seem to be more often about men’s rowing than women’s. My only excuse is that HTBS is primarily concerned with history and often writes about times, not too long ago, when women were widely thought to belong in the home of their father or their husband – not in a rowing boat. Even when women did manage to take to the water, their activities would most likely go unrecorded. In a probably unsuccessful attempt to make amends, this post is a chronological (if random) collection of images of women’s rowing. Not all are positive, but they are part of history and should not be ignored. At the risk of briefly overcompensating, two more posts inspired by International Women’s Day will follow, one tomorrow and one the day after.