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Advanced English vocabulary for International Women’s Day

International Women's Day in English

Find out about International Women’s Day with this advanced English vocabulary lesson

  • English level: upper intermediate & advanced /  B2 & C1
  • English Skills: advanced vocabulary and advanced English reading skills
  • Time: 5-10 mins

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 every year … but how much do you know about it?|

  • How did it start?
  • Which city did it start in?
  • When did it become international?
  • What is the main purpose of it?

Find out all this and more AND put your English to the test with our International Women’s Day advanced vocabulary challenge!

ps. quizzes work best on Chrome

International Women's Day

Advanced vocabulary challenge 1

Read the introduction and drag the words into the gaps.

Advanced vocabulary challenge 2

Match the phrases from paragraph 2 to make complete sentences

Advanced vocabulary challenge 3

Finally, Let’s test that memory of yours! Fill in the missing words from the first few lines of the introduction

This lesson has been adapted from Visit this page for more exercises.


One of the best ways to learn vocabulary is to see English vocabulary in use: in a context as opposed to just an advanced English vocabulary list.

This is passive learning

The next step is to turn that passive knowledge into active practice

1. Select three or four words from this list 

  • celebrated
  • campaign
  • working conditions
  • spread
  • highlight
  • the turn of (watch out! this is not the phrasal verb turn off!)
  • took place
  • annual

2. Then in the comments below, show me how you would use these words in your own sentence. I’ll give you feedback

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  1. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries all around the world. This celebration took place for the first time at the turn of the 20º Century. Its main purpose was to claim the poor working conditions of the female workers. This annual appointment has been spreading all around the world. Nowadays many campaigns focus their attention on the iniquity of the female gender condition in our society.
    Heads-up: Grammarly helped me a little bit!
    Ciao Kerin!!!

    1. Elisabetta, what would we do without Grammarly and Google translate?!!
      This is great, well done! I would only suggest that you change the verb ‘claim’ to something like ‘expose’ or ‘protest’, e.g: Its main purpose was to protest the poor working conditions of the female workers.
      (Claim means to formally request or demand something)
      Un abbraccio!

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