Celebrate Women Of The World (WOW) with Girlfriends

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International Women’s Day (IWD), has been around since the early 1900’s and this year it’s getting even more coverage due to it being 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements rocking the world.

March 8th is a day to celebrate women’s achievements across all arenas from social, cultural, economic, political and the arts. IWD focuses on unity, equality and advocates women’s equality, especially where there are still many differences and injustices against women globally. This years theme is #PressforProgress.

IWD also kicks off the Women Of The World (WOW) Festival at London’s South Bank Centre. WOW was set up in 2010 and sponsors lectures, debates and performance on a range of themes and topics. From 7th to 11th March there will be talks, networking events, conferences, public speeches, mentoring sessions, musical and comedy performances aimed at a range of age groups.

Throughout March the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank are holding a season dedicated to the theme Girlfriends. Hot Flush love a film and what better way to celebrate WOW than at the BFI. They are revisiting iconic movies and discover ‘trailblazing women filmmakers’ in celebration of female friendships.

On 8th March the BFI are holding a film premiere to mark the WOW event. ‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story’, by female director Alexandra Dean. The documentary traces Lamarr’s eventful personal and professional life. She may be more famously known as a Hollywood siren, yet she was far more than that. Lamarr was also an inventor. We’ll not say too much about the story, other than she created a groundbreaking communication system 'frequency hopping', that was a precursor to what we now use as wi-fi and bluetooth -  who’d have thought it, she wasn’t just a pretty face! If it weren't for the fact it's a documentary you couldn't make her story up. Let's just say, she was more recognised for her looks than her brains - have things changed? All the more reason to #PressforProgress.

On 8th March Hot Flush will also be celebrating International Women’s Day at the BFI as we’ve been invited to a special preview of a feature film ‘I Got Life!’. As we’ve not seen it we can’t give too much away, other than it’s about a woman going through menopause and stars French actress Agnes Jaoui.

So, if you’re looking for something to do to celebrate International Women’s Day and WOW, why not hook-up with some girlfriends and take yourselves off to celebrate cinema's girl gangs. If you're suffering the menopause blues it’ll be a good distraction, an excuse to get out, a boost  for your self-esteem, and will certainly be good for your soul. Who knows it might become a regular social support by rejuvenating your female friendships.

‘I Got Life’ is set for release in cinemas around the UK on 23rd March. We’ll be reviewing it once we’ve watched it, so watch this space!