Hi ladies,

It’s back by popular demand- but not as you know it!!

Feminism in London returns for a conference with a difference in the spiritual birthplace of feminism- Manchester!!

So like Virginia Woolf make your way to the Lighthouse next weekend for feminist workshops, networking, and shaping the future of feminism!!

Filia it’s where it’s all happening!!

20-21st October 2018= see agenda below for full details of the conference!!


Sisters are dancing for themselves!!!

Happy Suffrage Sunday feminist friends,

Those of you who are going to celebrate 100 years of partial suffrage at OTS today- we salute your fortitude on this rainy Autumn Sunday!! May your voices, be heard, your choices be observed, your questions raised, and the answers you are given leaving you feeling amazed!!

This veritable smorgasbord of celebratory feminist endeavour will culminate in the Millennium Gallery Cadman room at 7pm today with the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst presenting her “Deeds not Words” lecture- the Story of Women’s Right’s Then and Now!!! No raining on our parade today sisters!!

From the voices of the Suffrage movement on lectern and screen to another type of movement- whatever the weather this coming Friday- indoors at Edisons is where it’s all happening!!

We are all every woman- and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the sounds of suffrage will be reverberating through Edisons as women dance through break free Friday!!

Get your requests and readies sorted for Debs with the Recs to enjoy an evening of wine, women and song with a difference!!!

Check out the details for your retails below:

Every Woman
Disco & Social

Bar till Midnight

Friday 19th October

In Support of
Sheffield Palestine
Women’s Scholarship Fund

Upstairs at Edisons

2-4 York Street, Sheffield, S1 2ER

8.00 pm till Midnight

£7.00 Entrance Fee

Pay on the door
Or through Paypal at:

Don’t miss out – get your ticket now!

All women are welcome!!

8 till late- and not long now to wait!!

So come along, dust off your boogie shoes, and dance away the blues- Edisons is where it’s at!!

Have an amazing Suffrage Sunday sisters- here’s to the future, the enhancement and extension of freedoms for every woman and girl internationally!!

Let’s do it for ourselves and others!!!

Suffrage Sunday!!!

Hi feminists,

Well it’s Suffrage Sunday- and not just today, as we celebrate 100 years of the emancipation of some women the excitement is building as Off The Shelf celebrates 100 years of partial suffrage- there are some amazing events scheduled between now and 27th October!! Here’s your starter for ten below!!

Do you believe in reincarnation- well if you are interested in feminist afterlives, book your ticket to see Suffrage Afterlives what happened after the vote was won a panel discussion featuring such notable figures such as Rachel Reeves Leeds West MP, and chaired by local academic Dr Julie Gottlieb- just time to come alive after 5 and perhaps grab a few new season fashion purchases before the discussion starts at 6pm on Tuesday 9th October at 6pm at the Town Hall.

Where on earth could you combine Poland with Barnsley? Well, take a pit stop on Wednesday 10th October from 7pm at The Studio University of Sheffield to hear Flis Callow and Caroline Poland talk about how they set up and sustained a women’s Pit camp outside Houghton Main Colliery in Barnsley in January 1993.

All these and many more events are in store before the main event-Suffrage Sunday 14th October where a host of talks in various venues from Professor June Purvis A Biography of Christabel Pankhurst from 11am at the Auditorium University of Sheffield Student’s Union- Die Suffragette from 1pm at SHU Void Cinema, Hearts and Minds by Jane Robinson from 3pm at The Cadman Room Millenium Gallery, swiftly followed by Suffragettes on Film from 5pm same location- then the final instalment in this terrific trilogy- Deeds not words Helen Pankhurst the great grand-daughter of illustrious Suffragette leader Emmeline will be leading the charge from 7pm in the aptly titled Millennium Gallery.

So come on let’s combine deeds and words- dust off the shelf and book your tickets now!!

Check out the Suffrage 100 link here providing further details of these wonderful events- all of which are positively suffused with the Herstory of emancipation!!

Not long to wait!!

Women and Homelessness Tuesday 9th October 7.15 pm Quaker Meeting House

Happy Tuesday feminists,

Here is your reminder for our next SFN meeting next Tuesday at Quaker Meeting House!!

Details below!!


Jo Parnell, Deputy CEO & Business Development  Lead at Sheffield’s Cathedral Archer Project will be talking about the issues homeless women face. This is a group of women who are often severely ostracised by society and who often have experienced prolonged trauma, and along with complex physical and health needs, homeless women are often at risk of repeat homelessness.

Jo will  highlight the areas that need to be addressed to ensure  homeless women are supported and the obstacles homeless women face in achieving stable accommodation and a happier, healthier life.

All women are welcome- just drop in and join us at 7.15-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, St James’ Street.
£2/ concs-free

Tea/coffee & biscuits £1.

Don’t forget that the Off The Shelf festival 2018 has now commenced- watch this space for details of feminist and suffrage related events!!!

Au revoir!!

Money’s too tight to mention!

Happy Feminist Friday friends!!

Well after a short summer break, it’s all happening again- party political conference season is upon us- kick started by the pioneering Women’s Equality Party, and culminating in the Conservative Party Conference next week!!

Speaking of kicking things off,both the new football and fashion seasons are now in full swing plus youngsters of all ages have returned to school, and speaking of the latter, those of you with children may have been feeling a little short of cash, as well as energy keeping up with all the activity and timetable changes!!

Which leads me into the next piece of news, our very own Sheffield Feminist Network is back kicking through the leaves of Autumn with joyful abandon, and ready to promote the causes of liberty, equality and sisterhood!!

The next lesson we are going to give you is how you can help Single mothers in Sheffield- an initiative that is ran by the Equality Network- please see below as to how you you can make a contribution to the Money Matters project.

Volunteers in Sheffield’s Women Hub are raising awareness of the impacts of wage poverty and austerity on single parent women, who are more likely to experience poverty than other groups. We are talking with as many single parent mums as possible, from all circumstances and backgrounds, about how they cope financially and practically. We aim to help improve services in Sheffield.  
Do you lack financial security? Are you forgetting your own wellbeing as you juggle family, work; other expectations? Have you ever felt isolated? Are money pressures getting you down? 

If you want to share your experiences, and be part of making a difference for women, please get in touch. Any information shared will be treated as confidential. It will be anonymised and used only for the purposes described above. We can ensure accessible and child friendly venues if you agree to be interviewed.
Or click on https://bit.ly2LgsAbS  to complete our online survey. 
 Or complete our online survey – click https://bit.ly2LgsAb- every little helps!!

Hope you can get involved- bells now ringing, let’s race to our next lesson!!

Hiding in plain sight- next SFN meeting July 3rd at 7.15 pm Quaker Meeting House!!

Happy Saturday feminist friends!!

Hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine, and as the World Cup in Russia is well under way, what better way to show some sisterly team solidarity than by attending our very next Sheffield Feminist Network meeting on Tuesday 3rd July!!

The meeting will kick off at 7.15 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, where the Sheffield Feminist Archive Project and the Sheffield Feminist Oral History Project will be playing for the past, present and future of the feminist story by highlighting the hidden story of the feminists who have been forgotten in history!!

It’s always a game of two halves as we break for coffee and collaborative chat halfway through the proceedings- an opportunity to network, promote your various women’s interest groups etc and make new friends!!

At the end of the meeting, there is also plenty of time to discuss future events,perhaps chat with the organisers, or speakers, and maybe consider your own personal contribution to the Archive project!!

If you aren’t already on our SFN mailing list, why not pop your details down, and you will receive mailings, info on forthcoming special events and much much more!!

See the amazing details below for more details on how you can score for the sisterhood!!

“Hidden Feminists in Sheffield’s History”
With Sheffield Feminist Archive and Members of the Sheffield Feminist Oral History Project
Following their fantastic, interactive presentation for the anniversary of the first phase of women’s suffrage, members of the SFA and Oral History Project will share their stories of women who have changed Sheffield over the last 100 years and some whose important voices have not yet been heard.
* There will be opportunity to:
* Sign up to the projects including offering to being interviewed for the Oral History project or to training as an interviewer
* Hear about future plans for the development of both projects
* Donate feminist books to the new Sheffield Feminist library at Wortley Hall
* Contribute also to plans for Extraordinary Women Events in Sheffield in September
* Influence the vision for a 100 years more of Sheffield Feminism
All women welcome. The venue is fully accessible. £2/free (concs)

Truly an event not to be missed!!

See you there!

Proceed with courage!!

Happy Feminist Friday friends!!

Well as we prepare ourselves for another summer weekend, we reflect back on the week gone by and one word springs to mind above all others- courage!!

In our cities all over the country we saw women marching in the processions in celebration of the centenary of women’s right to vote!

In Sheffield we are celebrating the centenary by a host of activities some of which you may already have been involved in this week at the Festival of Debate-there’s plenty more still to come culminating in what promises to be a fabulous closing party to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage on 29th June 7pm until midnight at Abbeydale Picture House- in association with Wordlife and Verse Matters, including politicians, djs and much more!!

Details of the event here:

If you want to become involved in making and shaping decisions concerning women’s interests then you won’t want to miss the Women’s Hub meeting which is coming up on the 19th June 5.30 to 7.30 pm at Sheffield Town Hall- where there will be discussions surrounding VAWAG, Women and Money and Women in Poverty to name but a few as well as input from the wonderful Shefest team- always an inspiring and collaborative meeting- where the modernity of fresh thinking meets the traditional surroundings of Sheffield town hall- highly recommended!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend- don’t forget that Sheffield Feminist Network are meeting at the beginning of July- so watch this space for more details!!