March editorial: Inspirational women, men and social workers, of course!

RM-14-webDaffodils and crocuses are peeking through all over the place, the evenings are getting lighter and brighter and there’s a definite sense of spring in the air. 

Women of Power

Women of Power – publishes in paperback this month

Along with the freshening spring air, March brings with it International Women’s Day, which this year is celebrated on Sunday 8th March.

The 2015 theme is #MakeItHappen and we asked author Torild Skard to blog her views on what sort of environment is necessary for women to actually #MakeItHappen politically. As the adage goes, the personal is political, so we’ve also been chatting in the (predominantly female…) office about the women who have inspired us in our lives. We’ll be sharing some of those stories with you as part of #InternationalWomensDay.

The natural environment is increasingly political these days. We’re therefore thrilled to be welcoming eminent sociologist Lord Anthony Giddens to the Policy and Politics Annual Lecture, who will be talking to us about The Politics of Climate Change in 2015. The event is taking place on Tuesday 17th March at the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol.

"Anthony Giddens at the Progressive Governance Converence, Budapest, Hungary, 2004 October" by Szusi

Anthony Giddens, Budapest, Hungary, 2004 October” by Szusi

Although the event is now fully booked, don’t worry if you haven’t managed to secure yourself a ticket, you can still get involved and #askgiddens a question during the lecture via our live twitter feed @policy_politics. If you are attending though, do come and have a chat to us on the stand at the back of the hall before or after the lecture – it’s always lovely to meet you in person!

Tuesday 17th March is set to be a busy day all round for us at PP as it is also World Social Work day (WSWD). We believe in the importance and necessity of the work done by social workers and this is a core subject area for us. Later this month we’ll be asking you to vote for your favourite social work title and in the process you can enter a prize draw to win a Policy Press social work title of your choice! Watch this space and social media for more information…

Credit: Tony Hammond

Credit: Tony Hammond

And I haven’t even mentioned that it’s also St Patrick’s day….

Let me leave you with a glorious trumpet of sunshine as we merrily March our way into the month.

Warming spring wishes to you all

Rebecca

Blog Editor

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