Timeline for Centenary

Call for Entries

Next year (2018) marks the centenary of when women first received the vote in England and Wales. To commemorate this momentous political change, YFN intends to present a series of weekly blog posts to create a timeline of important events and people in women’s history with an emphasis on the York area specifically or Britain more generally.

The plan is to start at the beginning to explain the significance of so-called Venus figurines in prehistoric Europe, and end with a critique of recent news items such as lifting of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia and the Hollywood harassment allegations. In between would be whatever contributions members of the group, or even guest writers, wish to make. You will be fully credited.

I am not suggesting a full academic essay (although if you want to!) for each entry. Just a 4-ish paragraph popular introduction with ‘find out more’ links or sources is all that is expected.

by sherdnerdess (Seren Langley)

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Reclaim the Night 2017

Saturday 25 Nov, 5.30pm

Held on United Nations Day to eliminate violence against women and begins 6 days of activism which aim to end all types of gender based violence. Following an IDAS candlelit vigil, gather at 5.30pm in St Helen’s Square, Central York – next to the big Bettys – for about 1/2 hour march on a wheelchair accessible route. Afterwards will be a speech by NUS NEC Second Place Women’s Officer Sarah Lasoye. Continue reading

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Women’s March, York

Gathering at 11:50am on Saturday 21 January by St Michael le Belfrey, High Petergate (outside Monster in the city centre). The route is about twenty minutes to half an hour, though with speakers at key points during the march, it should last for about an hour. Continue reading

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2017 Reading

The York Feminist Reading Group meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm. At the moment we’re meeting at various member’s houses, so get in touch if you want the addresses! There is also a Facebook group which we use to gauge numbers for each meeting.

  • Jan 18 – Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
  • Feb 15 – We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Cover Girl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
  • Mar 15 – The Collector by John Fowles
  • Apr 19 – Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • May 17 – Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou (Autobiography #2)
  • Jun 21 – Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
  • Jul 19 – Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Aug 16 – Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power by Louisa May Alcott
  • Sep 20 – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  • Oct 18 – The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
  • Nov 15 – Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality by Gail Dines
  • Dec 20 – Girls Will be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O’Toole

We hope to see you there!

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York Suffragettes production

Suffragettes promo image © YTRThe 2017 new season of productions at York Theatre Royal includes Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes, which may be of interest to you for one of the performances Tue 20 June — Sat 01 Jul at 7.30 daily (not Sundays) with 2pm Saturday matinees. Set in 1913, it is a large-scale community production which starts outdoors in the city before moving on to the main house stage. Time to raise the white, green and purple banners!

If enough people are keen for the same day(s), there could be an official YFN trip. Please email us or comment on Facebook post if interested – with your preferred time and any disability requirements (AD/BSL shows are available). Seren is coordinating.

If Brontë is more your thing, there are also runs of Jane Eyre and Tenant of Wildfell Hall, plus a one-off Women in Crime Fiction and more of relevance. See the full listings for What’s On 2017 at the venue.

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Margaret Atwood evening

Picture of MargaretOne-off QandA session held 11 Oct 7.30pm at York Theatre Royal with the prolific Canadian author to discuss her new work Hag Seed and others in the varied back catalogue. This current title is a modern rewrite of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. See venue website or public Facebook event for more information. Continue reading

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Meeting venue change

Just to let everyone know, the location of our regular women only meeting has changed this month, due to refurbishment at Kafeneion.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday 24th April at Dusk on New Street instead. We should be in the room upstairs, but just ask at the bar and they should direct you to us!

We hope to see you there!

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