In the 100 years since some women were first given the vote, the UK has seen huge changes in women’s roles, but there is still more to achieve, according to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings revealing that gender parity is more than 200 years away - chamber bosses say "there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress".
This International Women's Day on March 8th, the chamber is joining thousands of organisations across the world to celebrate women’s achievements.
An event at The Mill, Glasson Dock, will combine a debating session with motivational speakers and a networking lunch.
The chamber's John O'Neill said: "But this isn’t just an event for women. We can only continue to create change if men and women work together to improve opportunities for every girl and woman in the UK, so not only will the debating panel be 50/50, we hope men will also attend this interesting and informative event".
World-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem said: "International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
"It is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights".