Feminist Friday- local Democracy day!!

Good morning Feminist friends- happy Feminist Friday!!!

Well I don’t know about you but the Spring Equinox and combined with the transition of the Sun into the sign of Aries have given me an extra vitality and spring in my step- and this time of year just brings so many new opportunities to participate in feminist activity!!

I am delighted to inform you of this wonderful opportunity to participate in a Local Democracy Day at Sheffield Town Hall this coming Sunday 25th March, an event forming part of a programme to celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage where you can discover more about the decision making processes involved in local government, meet the Lord Mayor Anne Murphy and the amazing Sheffield Central Labour Women’s Officer Nikki Bond, enjoy a tour of the Town Hall offices, gaining invaluable insights into what it means to be a woman in politics today!!

Following on from the tour, no doubt you will have worked up a healthy appetite, and will be able to wet your whistle with refreshments at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour!!

The event is free, but donations are extremely welcome as the money raised will go towards securing future events for women!!

So book your tickets now for what promises to be an unmissable morning delving into the workings of local government- this Sunday March 25th between 10.00 and 13.00- follow the Eventbrite link to book your place!!!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-democracy-day-for-women-100-years-of-suffrage-tickets-44282555315?ref=eios&aff=eios

Enjoy the day!!!

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Happy International Women’s Day!!!

Hi fab feminists,

Happy International Women’s Day to you all!!

Hope you have all had a fantastic day whatever you have been up to flying the banner for feminism!!!

We celebrate today with the wonderful news that Sophie Walker has been re-elected as the leader of Britain’s first feminist political party, who in turn have also just passed their three year anniversary!!

Tonight we also congratulate the local Sheffield branch of the Women’s Equality Party as they hold their pub quiz and campaign to win their first ever seat on Sheffield City Council!!

This gets me to thinking about feminist icons from the past and present- from Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan to Caroline Criado Perez- there are so many to choose from, so come on don’t be shy I would love to hear about the women who have inspired all of you to become feminists- who or what individual person or event was your very own feminist epiphany?

Respondez s’il vous plait asap!!

Bon soir!!

Red rags and menypauses at our Fems meeting this Tuesday evening!!

Hi feminist friends

Don’t miss our next meeting this Tuesday evening March 6th 7.15 pm to 09.00 pm at The Quaker Meeting House – see poster below for more details!!

“Red Rags and Menstruation Matters ”
Join us in the week of International Women’s Day to support projects working on PERIOD POVERTY IN EAST AFRICA with Emily Wilson from Irise International and be part of opening up CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE MENOPAUSE with Clarissa Simpson, Sheffield Hallam University research student

Questions you never dared ask about all aspects of the menstrual lifecycle
Donate to local period poverty projects
Get updates about current research, local initiatives including the Pad Project and Menopause Cafes
Have a go at the Menstruation Matters raffle and quiz
Enjoy a piece of Suffragette Cake

You are invited to bring donations of tampons and pads which Sheffield Feminist Network will distribute
ACCESSIBLE VENUE – OPEN TO ALL WOMEN £2/Free (concessions)
W: Sheffieldfeministnetwork.wordpress.com
E: Sheffieldfeministnetwork@gmail.com.

Figures of Eight!!!

Hi feminist friends!!

Happy Monday to you!! Maybe you have been out and about, working hard 9-5,for the sisterhood or just snuggled in warm perhaps having enjoyed watching The Olympic Games over the last couple of weeks!!

In keeping with the Olympic theme, the feminist network has been as busy as ever with various events and activities leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8th, so without further ado here are eight of the best feminist events to look out for over the coming weeks!!

Let’s start with some amazing women who were very much ,”Hidden Figures” and pioneers of their field as mathematicians working for NASA who defied their race and gender, and you can watch their story on March 7th whilst helping to promote a good cause at the same time!! Go figure- this is an opportunity not to be missed!!

Join us to watch Hidden Figures, celebrate International Women’s Day, and raise funds for local women’s projects!!

Wednesday 7th March at 18:15; University of Sheffield Students’ Union

“There are twenty, bright, highly capable Negro women in the west computing group, and we’re proud to be doing our part for the country. So yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses. Have a good day.”

Paul Blomfield MP and Sheffield Students’ Union Women’s Committee invite you to a free film screening of Hidden Figures, sponsored by Unite the Union, to celebrate International Women’s Day and support some great local women’s charities.

Directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures is a dynamic look into the true story of three brilliant African American women, who were the brainpower behind one of NASA’s greatest operations in history; launching an astronaut into orbit. Hidden Figures offers an intersectional feminist perspective into the racial and sexual issues faced by Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson at the time of their fantastic achievements.

At the event there will be the opportunity to donate to our two sponsored charities, in solidarity with women across Sheffield. This year we will be supporting the Together Women Project (TWP), and Women in Construction and Technology (WiCAT). The Together Women Project help to move women out of crime, by working with them to build their resilience, and developing their strength, in safe women-only spaces. Women in Construction and Technology provide introductory courses for women in a variety of trades and skills which women may not have been able to access.

The screening will begin with a reception with refreshments and the opportunity to meet with representatives from the charities, from 18:15 in Studio/Fusion. The film will begin at 19:00 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium, following contributions from Celeste Jones; Sheffield Students’ Union Women’s Officer 2017/18, Paul Blomfield; MP, and Pat Pepper; Unite the Union.

There are a limited number of tickets available, please book soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite or you can ring Paul Blomfield’s office – 0114 272 2882 or send an email to – paul.blomfield.mp@parliament.uk.

Rewind one day for the Sheffield Feminist Network and it’s all about men at our next meeting!! We have two-yes two speakers joining us at our very special IWD celebration meeting- and it’s Red Rags and Menstruation Matters as Emily Wilson from Irise International raises awareness of this very important project!!
From one end of the cycle to another, as we also have as our guest Clarissa Simpson a research student from Sheffield Hallam University who will be opening up “Conversations about the Menopause”!!

Drink as you think with tea, coffee and biscuits for just £1, and for an entry price of just £2 with concessions available- join us at The Quaker Meeting House 7.15-9pm on IWD March 8th!!!

She-fest returns to celebrate International Women’s Day in a week positively filled to the brim with exciting events and activities- don’t miss out on the fun!! It’s from the 5th-11th March 2018 in various venues city-wide!! There’s something for everywoman!!

Haring into March it’s blooming marvellous that our local Women’s Equality Party are hosting a quiz at the Florist pub in Walkley on IWD March 8th 2018, 8 pm for an 8.30 start in their bid to secure their first council seat in the local May elections- come along, bring a friend make new friends and test out both your feminist and general knowledge all for a fiver!! Support your local candidate Ann in her bid to become the first WEP Sheffield councillor for Walkley!! Follow the link and have a drink to our feminist sisters from one hundred years ago and right now!! http://www.womensequality.org.uk/she_20180308_quiz?utm_campaign=she_201802014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=womensequality Follow WEP Sheffield on Twitter and check out the Facebook page for more details!!!

The following evening March 9th The Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund are hosting an event at The Central United Reform Church between 6.30 and 9pm as a fundraiser for International Women’s Day!!!

Next up if you want to be in the hub of involvement in your local Equality network, then why not come along to the Circle on Rockingham Lane on Tuesday March 13th between 12.30 and 2.30 pm- the venue is disability friendly so if you want to become more involved in working together to improve the lives of women in Sheffield this year you know where to come!!

This weekend roar for more equality as “We are Lions” lights up the Lantern Theatre some tickets are still available Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March so follow this link to book your place!!

https://www.list.co.uk/place/63669-the-lantern-theatre-sheffield/

Last but definitely not least, as the snow continues to fall, why not take the opportunity to watch “I Tonya” the story of the thin ice skated over in the rise and fall of Tonya Harding acclaimed US figure skater, at the Showroom Cinema and appropriately is rated with the famous F symbol classification to celebrate female empowerment!!

Now the Winter Olympics have concluded and the skates are off, let’s celebrate our forthcoming International Women’s Week and Day on March 8th joining with our sisters and other supporters as we continue to empower the women of our city and beyond by attending one of these events!!

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Happy Anniversary Feminist friends!!

Happy 100 years of suffrage feminist friends!!

Give some love to all those wonderful women out there who campaigned tirelessly to ensure the rights of women to vote as today we celebrate the centenary of the Representation Of The People Act following decades of struggle and hardship!! Of course as we know it would take another ten years before Universal Suffrage was granted to women!!

To commemorate this momentous occasion, here are a few articles from the media giving different angles to the story of note- woman’s right to vote!!

Starting with Emily Thornberry https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/05/suffragettes-campaign-women-emmeline-pankhurst

Continuing with an article on the working class suffragettes, from The New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2018/02/suffragettes-women-100-years-working-class

Come along and meet some amazing friends this February, and get involved in the Sheffield Feminist Network movement- this programme of forthcoming events has something for everyone!!!

March 6th 2018 ‘Red Rags and Menstruation Matters’ with Irise International
April 3rd 2018 ‘Women and Prosperity: The Gender Pay Gap’ speaker TBC
May 8th 2018 ‘Developing a City -Wide End Violence Against Women Strategy’ with Maureen Storey, VIDA and Sheffield Women’s Hub
June 5th 2018 ‘Faith and Feminism’- a panel debate with representatives from different Faith communities
July 3rd 2018 ‘The Hidden Feminists in Sheffield History” with Sheffield Feminist Oral History Project
Meetings at 7.15pm on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise advised * These are women’s meeting and are trans-inclusive Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, S1 2EW £2/Free (concessions) W: sheffieldfeministnetwork.wordpress.com E: sheffieldfeministnetwork@gmail.com

Peaceful public post!!!

Hi peeps hope you have had a fabulous weekend!!

What better way to celebrate the forthcoming Women’s March First Anniversary than by rallying with some of Sheffield’s finest feminist advocates at the Town Hall today at 1pm!!

But if you favour more sedentary activism then come along to see the Sunday afternoon showing of The Post featuring Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham a Showroom Cinema F rated film which has various showings starting at 1 pm today!! See the trailer here!!

Why not have a nifty over 50’s feminist finish to your Monday with feminist drinks and chat in the pub with Maggie and Linda at The Sheaf Island pub tomorrow from 7.30 pm?

Finally, fancy being an ambassador for peace and gain a qualification in the process? Why not join the Women for Peace initiative FREE course based here in Sheffield details below:

Contact Hannah Larn on 07572 975949 for more information.

Have a fabulous Sunday whatever your plans!!!