Oxford Womens Network – October Newsletter

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October 2013

Forthcoming events:

Have we justified the faith of our suffragette sisters? The Emily Wilding Davison Celebration

On the centenary of her death, St Hugh’s College is holding a celebration of one of its most distinguished alumni, suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. This event will offer guests the opportunity to hear from a special selection of guest panellists, who will share their views on this topic. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a lively debate on feminism, women’s rights, and social and political change in the years that have followed since the emergence of the Suffragette Movement. This very special event will be chaired by Principal The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC and confirmed panellists include:

  •  Laura Bates, feminist writer and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project
  • Caroline Criado-Perez, journalist and feminist campaigner. Co-founder of The Women’s Room
  • Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society
  • Bonnie Greer OBE, award-winning author and playwright
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, prominent barrister. Expert in human rights law, civil liberties, constitutional issues. Principal of Mansfield College
  • Sara Khan, Director and Co-founder of We Will Inspire

Following the panel discussion there will be a celebration tea party in the College’s Dining Hall. Organised in the spirit of suffragette tea parties, guests will be able to come together over tea and cake, and discuss their views in a friendly and lively environment. There will also be a small exhibition in memory of Emily Wilding Davison.

Guests can join the conversation on Twitter @StHughsCollege #CelebrateEmily.

Tickets cost £35.00/£29.75 (students). For more information see: http://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/emily

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 2.00 – 6.00pm

Venue: St. Hugh’s College


International Gender Studies 30th Anniversary Event

Includes a lecture, ‘The Women’s Movement – 30 Years on “Did the Earth Move?”’, by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

 Date: Wednesday 13 November

Time: 2.30 – 5.30pm

Venue: Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall


WomenCount: Leaders in Higher Education 2013

UCL is hosting the launch of WomenCount: Leaders in Higher Education 2013. The report indexes, by HE institution, the representation of women as governors, chairs and vice chancellors across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It analyses the results and also profiles a number of the women leaders. The launch offers an opportunity to discuss diversity issues in governance with colleagues in the HE sector as well as with others concerned more generally with women’s representation in leadership roles. The presentation of the findings will be followed by a panel discussion with comments and questions from the floor. Issues on the table for discussion include:

  • Why does it matter if boards are gender balanced – is it about social justice or better governance?
  • Should HE Institutions set targets for gender diversity on their boards and incorporate them into their KPIs?
  • Are academic women interested in being on HE governing bodies or would they prefer to be on boards of private companies, public bodies or charities?
  • Who should be accountable within an HE Institution for achieving board diversity? 
  • What actions could HE umbrella bodies take to encourage greater diversity?

Places are limited. To book, email: events@women-count.org

Date: Wednesday 4 December

Time: 3.45 – 6.00pm

Venue: Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London

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