This Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month in Leadon Bank Craft Room, 10:30 to 12:00.
The group discusses the meaning of feminism, its history, the current challenges and opportunities. Can we move towards a workforce that utilises the talents of the whole population - and an egalitarian society, at ease with itself?
The group continues to thrive and explore a range of interesting topics, including the geographies of ethnic diversity in the UK, with its changing population dynamics and Women in Science. The last official records were collected in the 2011 census. Clearly some areas of the country are more ethically diverse than others. Further discussions ensued around religious diversity, the role of religious courts and the differences between faith schools and academies (the latter do not have to follow the national curriculum). It transpires that Sharia councils and Beth Din operate under the Arbitration Act 1996, to resolve disputes among community members. With a focus on divorce it seems that a Sharia council can issue a divorce without the man’s involvement, whilst a Jewish woman cannot divorce without her husband’s co-operation (classic interpretation). Most Jewish women have civil divorces.
We aim to explore and recognise the contribution of women to the world - both historic and contemporary. With view to the contemporary, Germaine Greer spoke at the 2018 Hay Festival calling for punishment for rape to be reduced as most rape is just lazy, careless and insensitive - a lively discussion ensued with some interesting audience participation (male and female)
We have touched on a number of issues which we might like to explore more fully in the future. These included gender stereotyping of children today; gender separation; social media pressures; how men feel; power - Men v Women & Women v Women; the History of feminism; is aggressive feminism damaging to men; the hard facts of FGM; violence against women and men; over sexualisation of young girls; peer group pressure, and the lack of airing of feminism in today’s society - has the pendulum swung the other way?
The film "Hidden Figures" about 3 females in the 60’s was recommended.
We have space for new members. If you are interested please pop along! We can promise some lively discussions!