International Women’s Day (IWD) is held around the world on 8 March each year, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women.

This year marks 80 years since the first International Women’s Day event was held in Western Australia. The theme is ‘Press for Progress’ - a call to action for people to press forward to progress gender parity.

To celebrate IWD, a number of events will be held across Western Australia throughout the week. IWD events enable women to join together in celebration, to acknowledge the economic, political and social gains that have been made, and consider the work still to be done.

International Women’s Day 2018 - Celebrating 80 years

Image: Dr Roberta Jull, pictured left (photo supplied by State Library
of Western Australia 3629B/8) and Dr Arlene Chan, Breast Cancer Specialist, pictured right.

The Minister for Women’s Interests, Hon Simone McGurk MLA, will host an event at Perth Town Hall on 8 March, marking 80 years since Perth’s first IWD event was held there in 1938. 

Join the Hon Simone McGurk MLA and four remarkable speakers who will discuss how they continue to ‘press for progress’ in their chosen disciplines. The speakers reflect the original International Women’s Day meeting in 1938 when Dr Roberta Jull spoke with Katharine Susannah Prichard (nee Throssell) author; Mary ‘Molly’ Kingston (nee Connor) lawyer; and Irene Greenwood, broadcaster and activist.

  • Dr Michelle Johnston, Writer
  • Professor Arlene Chan, Breast Cancer Specialist
  • Dr Sue Gordon AM, Legal Professional
  • Ms Emma Boogaerdt, Activist

See the Department of Communities event page for full details and ticket bookings.


For resources related to IWD 2018, please go to Resources page. This page contains downloadable promotional resources to help groups, organisations and individuals promote and celebrate IWD 2018 through various events or activities.

For some top tips on how you can get involved and promote IWD 2018 in your local community, see our Community Resource Kit.

International Women's Day ribbons

The Department has IWD ribbons (maximum of 100 per event) available for Western Australian groups or organisations to distribute at their event.

Please note that ribbons will be sent by Australia Post, so allow sufficient time for delivery when placing your order.

Ribbons can be ordered from


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