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International Women's Day

How clubs celebrated International Women's Day

8 Mar 2023
Demi Stokes, Man City

Players talk about their female role models and acknowledge the achievements of women playing and working in football

Premier League clubs are celebrating International Women's Day, highlighting the women who help them and the support they give to females.

Everton kicked off IWD by announcing that Seamus Coleman and Gabby George have become the first Premier League and Barclays Women’s Super League players to sign up as official advocates of Her Game Too, who work tackling sexism and championing women in sport.

Their duties will include raising awareness of Her Game Too and its key messages, along with educating team-mates and fans about progress and positive steps being taken at Everton and beyond.

Fulham shared the journeys of sports journalist Sonia Twigg, a regular in the Craven Cottage press box, and groundsperson Rachel Wood, looking at their career paths as women working in the industry.

The first female football photographer, Hy Money, told her pioneering story via the official Crystal Palace website.

Manchester City spoke to their Lionesses' star Demi Stokes about the unique challenges of juggling a career as a professional footballer and motherhood.

To show support for their female role models, West Ham United's players wore tops bearing the names of the special women in their lives at the club's Chadwell Heath training ground. 

The importance of visibility and supporting girls and women playing football was top of the agenda at Newcastle United, who announced that their women's team will play Bradford City WFC at St James' Park in April.

Newcastle's charitable arm, Newcastle United Foundation, also arranged for Daisy Burt and Cara Milne-Redhead to host an inspirational training session for players involved in the club's Emerging Talent Centre.

Leicester City players including Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho talked about the women who have inspired them, while Ashleigh Plumptre, Janina Leitzig, Aileen Whelan and Sophie Howard from the women's team took part in various activities with Leicester City in the Community, aimed at inspiring young girls and to increase female representation in sport.

Also in this series

Part 1: 'There's progress, but still room for improvement'
Part 2: 'Everton means every single emotion I have experienced'
Part 3: 'Those who bullied me now admit they were ignorant'
Part 4: 'Allyship helps change perceptions of women's roles'

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