Ladies of Leisure

YTR logoWe all work very hard at whatever we do, so deserve some time off from the mundane demands of life. There are several independent productions coming up at York Theatre Royal (St Leonard’s Place, YO1) which may be of interest to our members and readers. All events are by and about women or issues of inequality. Held from the end of April into May in the studio space at 7.45pm and tickets cost 12.50 GBP each (unless otherwise stated). There is no formal group outing planned so go along – or not – whenever, to whatever you want. See below for details and booking links. We would be interested to hear what you think of the various performances. Continue reading

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York International Women’s Week

The 2018 YIWW programme has dozens of events across the city so there is something for everyone in the calendar. For more information see or follow on TW @YorkWomen and f YorkInternationalWomensWeek. For queries and bookings contact the organisers directly on

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Suffragette (2015)

Broadcasting Sat 3rd Feb on C4 9pm

The film puts fictional protagonist Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) into real documented situations. Well worth seeing to watch the struggles, strength and commitment of the activists. Not suitable for a younger or more sensitive audience; it is harrowing in places. The story includes everything that was done against the women who fought only to be heard. A Film4 production. Continue reading

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This year (2018) marks the centenary of when women in the UK were first granted the right to vote (suffrage) in national parliamentary elections under the “Representation of the People Act“, released on 6 Feb. The Act allowed women to vote under the previous terms for men, so property owners over the age of 30. It affected about 8.4 million citizens.

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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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