Venue confirmed for tomorrow’s drinks/AGM!

We will be in the Malet St Gardens, behind 10-16 Gower St (entrance just opposite Senate House), from 6.30pm. Join us for drinks and nibbles, followed by the Women’s Campaign AGM at 8pm. All are welcome to join us for drinks, AGM is open to self-defining women only. Any questions, e-mail us at: birkbeckwomenscommittee@gmail.com. 

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Feminist Walking Tour of Holborn

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Date: Sunday, 2nd June

Time: 2pm. The tour will last approx 2 hours. Post-walk ice cream or pub probable!

Meet: Outside the main Birkbeck building (address says Malet St., but it’s Torrington Square) in front of the revolving doors.

Where: We will be walking around HOLBORN! More specifically, places in the ‘Our Sisters’ London: Nineteen Feminist Walks’ book, including…

– Memorial to Margaret MacDonaldson, politician and campaigner (1870-1911)
– Birthplace of Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823)
– Home of author Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) and her “devoted friend” (ahem) Ida Constance Baker (1888-1978)
– Home of Jane Harrison, academic and first research fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1898 (1850-1928)
– Site of the meeting place of the women bookbinders union.
– Site of two of the very earliest women’s trade unions meetings in 1834.
– Headquarters of the Women’s Freedom League.

All are welcome on this tour and it’s FREE.
We look forward to seeing you!

Walking Tour!

Thank you to those who came and enjoyed ‘Antonia’s Line‘ on the 13th, especially those who were joining us for the first time. ‘Antonia’s Line’ is a fantastic, empowering film; an excellent choice for our No Diet Day event Serena!

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The Feminist Walking Tour of Holborn is coming up in less than 2 weeks and we’re all really excited! If you’d like to speak, below is a list of women/places still free! Let me know via e-mail if you’d like to talk about one (or more!). It can be for as long as you like, whether a minute or 10. All are welcome, students and non-students. birkbeckwomenscommittee@gmail.com

– Memorial to Margaret MacDonaldson, politician and campaigner (1870-1911)
– Site of the theatre that was co-owned by actor Mary Saunderson Betterton, who may have been the first woman to appear professional on an English stage (1637-1712) AND site where several of Aphra Behn’s (playwright, author) plays were produced (1640-1689)
– Mary Pix, playwright (1666-1709)
– Mary Delariviere Manley, playwright (1663-1724)
– Birthplace of Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823)
– Luce Morgan, possibly the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets, 16th century
– Home of author Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) and her “devoted friend” (ahem) Ida Constance Baker (1888-1978)
– Home of Jane Harrison, academic and first research fellow at Newnham College, Cambirdge, in 1898 (1850-1928)
– Site of the meeting place of the women bookbinders union.
– Site of two of the very earliest women’s trade unions meetings in 1834.
– Headquarters of the Women’s Freedom League.

What a month!

A massive thank you to everyone who has helped organised and/or taken part in this month’s activities! We started the month off with the Monday 4th screening of ‘Lady of No Fear’, a documentary about Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, co-organized with Birkbeck’s Amnesty International Society. This was followed by banner making for Million Women Rise, at which we marched on Saturday 9th. Friday 8th we welcomed two brilliant speakers for the event Women in Enterprise, co-organised with Birkbeck’s Enterprise Society. Our Bloomsbury Feminist Walking Tour took place on Sunday, 17th and a fantastic group of us (almost!) managed to keep the rain off as we toured the statues, squares and houses of Bloomsbury, learning about inspirational women along the way.

We may have a nap over the upcoming holiday, but we have three events coming up in April and May.

April 8th – Amnestea
Join us as we raise money for Amnesty International by eating cake and drinking tea with Birkbeck’s Amnesty International Society. Come with loose change and an empty stomach – all proceeds will go to A.I. Baked donations are needed for this event – cakes, biscuits, muffins, etc, would be gladly accepted and it’s all for a fantastic cause. Please e-mail me!
Tea/cakes from 6pm, followed by another documentary about Aung San Suu Kyi at 7pm (as requested after the last screening. This one will take us up to present day).
Event starts at 6pm (film at 7pm). B29, Malet St.
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April 11th – Sexual Health Awareness Quiz

What with April being STD Awareness Month (fact), we’ve decided to combine two of our favourite things: academia and sexual health.

8pm: We’re excited to announce that the Director of Education from the FPA (Family Planning Association) will be joining us to talk about sexual health in people over 30!

8.30pm: The quiz that promises to be both enlightening and challenging, full of questions and yet more questions. There will be 6 rounds, each lovingly compiled by the Women’s Campaign, including Sexual Health Through the Ages and Pop Culture.

All are welcome! There will be cheap prizes, refreshments, a relevant soundtrack and sexual health knowledge galore.

£2 donation to FPA.

B20, Malet St.

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May 6th – International No Diet Day Celebration
May 6th is International No Diet Day, an annual celebration of body acceptance and diversity. To celebrate, join us for a screening of Antonia’s Line, a Women’s Committee favourite. We’ll put the film on and bring the drinks, you bring your favourite snack to enjoy!

Film blurb: “Antonia’s Line is a 1995 Dutch film written and directed by Marleen Gorris. The film, described as a “feminist fairy tale, tells the story of the independent Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) who, after returning to the anonymous Dutch village of her birth, establishes and nurtures a close-knit matriarchal community. The film covers a breadth of topics, with themes ranging from death and religion to sex, intimacy, lesbianism, friendship and love.”

All are welcome and the event is free! Do invite friends, family, colleagues, loved ones, dates, etc.

Event starts at 8pm. Room TBA.
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If you’d like to get involved with the Women’s Campaign, please do e-mail us – birkbeckwomenscommittee@gmail.com