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?
As ever we have discussed a variety of subjects including current news items around the “Me Too” campaign and sexual harassment.
We have explored some of the issues which have affected women in the recent past, and their achievements as a result of collective "direct action"
In addition, Helen Brook's achievements - the advent of contraceptive advice for unmarried women in the 1960’s, and founder of the Brook clinics - such advice was instrumental in women gaining more control over their lives - fewer abortions and more choices.
Changes in legislation have also resulted in better working conditions for women, including maternity leave and so on. Simon de Beauvoir featured as the reluctant feminist who influenced the growth of the feminist movement in the 1960’s and1970’s
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?
We have space for new members. If you are interested please pop along! We can promise some lively discussions!