In the week of 11 June, we ran St Helen’s first Women’s Week to celebrate the progress of gender equality and start conversations about this in the context of modern feminism. We ran lunchtime discussions on the topics of masculinity and feminism, the future of feminism and why we’re still talking about feminism, which had a great turn-out from across the year groups. As part of the week we did assemblies for Years 7–10 about female empowerment and the impact of social media, as well as a Find the Feminist competition, which involved matching up names of inspirational women with the teacher wearing that name around school. On Thursday, we had Rachel Attenborough from the Women’s Studies course at Oxford University come into to school to tell us about the waves of feminism. It was a fantastic talk that gave us some insight into the academic perspective on feminist thought. We also compiled a collection of accounts of influential women written by teachers which is available as a booklet that explores the work of women in various different fields. It was an exciting week that started conversations about feminism and equality, and we hope to carry it on in years to come.
Naomi, L6F and Alix, L6A