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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members. Please send any contributions to Gary Lindsay g.lindsay@mmu.ac.uk (although we cannot guarantee publication of everything we receive)

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Julia Rouse j.rouse@mmu.ac.uk.

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Prof Julia Rouse presents her research as part of the ESRC Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series

On 27 March 2018, Prof Julia Rouse contributed to an ESRC funded seminar in the ‘Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series 2015-19’ hosted by Dr Patricia Lewis at the University of Kent. The theme was ‘Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship’ and Julia presented a paper from her pregnancy and maternity in entrepreneurship research and campaigning entitled ‘Entrepreneur pregnancy and maternity: policy failure, individualised risks and self-exploitation practises’. Julia was delighted to be talking alongside leaders in the field of gender and entrepreneurship research – Professor Helen Ahl from Sweden and Professor Susan Marlow from the University of Nottingham, among others. The event finished with a frank – and touching – presentation by entrepreneur Sue Nelson on the reality of being a woman small business leader. Sue particularly focused on her lifetime’s experience of everyday sexism and sexual harassment and how this has ongoing overtones in business networks.

Honour-Based Violence: National Awareness Roadshow 2018

A partnership between Manchester Metropolitan University, Jeena Charity and The Elm Foundation, this roadshow is designed to raise public awareness of honour-based violence (HBV) and forced marriages (FM).

We are inviting participants (especially academics, policymakers or practitioners in health, education and social welfare) to participate in a series of workshops across the UK, which will provide an opportunity to access new and emerging research, and crucially, the chance to add their own voices towards new policy recommendations.

Objectives of the Roadshow

  • To increase understanding and raise awareness via participant discussion to inform and underpin new research around HBV
  • To share evidence of best practice with a diverse range of users and policymakers in order to share learning and ideas to generate new insights
  • To share resources and to set future agendas around policy and practice
  • To develop new networks and nurture existing ones

    For more information about the workshops and taking part, please visit mmu.ac.uk/business-school/research/research- centres/national-hbv.

    The Roadshow launch takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on 30 May 2018 with host Ally Fogg and guest speakers including Maz Idriss and Dr Annapurna Waughray (Manchester Law School and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre), Rani Bilkhu (CEO, Jeena Charity), Jennifer Calverley (CEO, The Elm Foundation, Derbyshire) and Dr Khatidja Chantler (Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, UCLAN).

    Tickets for the launch are available to book online at:

    hbv-roadshow-2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Some Women, Manchester Training

As part of the centenary of some women getting the right to vote in 1918, the Pankhurst Centre are creating an archive of this year’s events in Manchester for the feminists of the future, and we need your help!

We’re looking for 100 Women who will help us collect photographs, film, objects, questionnaires, vox pops and resources from Manchester’s Vote100 events. Ambassadors will help decide which material features in our archive and help curate an exhibition, which will be on at the Pankhurst Centre in November.

Come and hear more about the project, and take part in an archiving workshop led by Heather Roberts, Archive and Heritage Consultant. The workshop will be free, but we ask that everyone who attends commits to recorded at least one event for us (though we hope you’ll want to do much more!) Please sign up on the Eventbrite 

Dr Tessa Chynoweth, Curator / Programme Manager, The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Womens Aid)

Email t.chynoweth@manchesterwomensaid.org

www.manchesterwomensaid.org

Pateman conference

Some exciting news for all of us researching in the fields of gender, care, ethics or contract.  Professor Joan Tronto (Ethics of Care) and Professor Carole Pateman (The Sexual Contract) are keynote speakers at a very special two-day conference at Cardiff University on 10th-11th May co-hosted with Feminist Legal Studies.

This highly interdisciplinary conference marks 30 years since the publication of The Sexual Contract. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate this feminist masterpiece, and engage with Professor Carole Pateman and Professor Joan Tronto.  There will be an international line-up of panel speakers presenting a diverse range of new scholarship from US, UK, Australian, EU and Canada inspired by The Sexual Contract.  

More information is available at https://lawandgender.org/the-sexual-contract-30-years-on/

The conference fee is just £25 and this includes lunch and refreshments on both days and an evening meal on 10th May.  Book a place – tickets are limited https://www.eventsforce.net/cbs/386/home 

Dr Kay Lalor

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Generations of Feminism/Generations of Activism, 1918- 1978- 2018

March 23rd 2018

 The Old Future

Collective, naughty voices

Angry, determined and honest

Sing with one voice

Towards another future

(From The Generations of Activism poem)

Over the last year a number of volunteers, including Ali Ronan, Lizzie Gent, Sylvia Koelling, Jo Boon and other women, have listed the material from the Feminist Webs paper archive and sorted it into 25+ boxes so it could be transferred to the archives at Peoples’ History Museum.

The archive is an integral part of Feminist Webs; it has been built up over the last 12 years with gifts from youth workers, Greenham Common protestors, feminist activists and academics. It has inspired projects, residentials, posters and books. Now it has also inspired the Generations of Activism event on 23rd March 2018.

As part of Wonder Women 2018, Generations of Activism was largely inspired by the Feminist Webs paper archive. The entire run of the 1980s influential Working with Girls newsletter, the ground breaking Our Bodies, Ourselves, early campaigning material about Violence Against Women, the Abasindi Collective and other campaigning ephemera were available to read and ‘handle‘ and this material inspired and informed both the workshops and the whole creative day.

The day was also partly a celebration about moving the 25 boxes of the archive to the People’s History Museum, where it will be more accessible and where it will be professionally catalogued, making it easier for activists, academics, young people and youth workers to use. We would like to give a big thank you to Julie Parry, one of the archivists at PHM, for her support, advice, help and her unwavering sense of humour.

This day emerged in the middle of conversations and movements as the archive of papers and objects from the Girls Work movement, that the Feminist Webs collective has been gradually assembling over the last ten years, moved from its home with the Youth and Community Work team at ManMet to The People’s History Museum. So, yes, we are officially part of the People’s History now!

No-one much wants to live in a museum as if it was a mausoleum, a place for dead objects. We wanted to recognise, once again, how ‘You can’t kill the spirit….’  Gabrielle Ivinson suggested we create ‘memory boxes’ with things from the archive to touch, respond and add to. We did, and the boxes travelled around Greater Manchester and will travel some more.  Kate Pahl suggested we incorporate a creative writing workshop. We made a collective poem. Extracts from it appear throughout this blog.

The Cause … which the women suffragists embodied, when ‘Votes for Women!’ moved from being a ludicrous and nonsensical demand to an idea whose time was overdue … which (for 1970s activists against violence against women) led to the formation of Women’s Refuges and Rape Crisis Centres as well as to Girls Work in Youth Work … this same Cause is still being fought for in a new wave of activism in which young women, including school students, are showing the way.  So we look to the past, not only to honour those who struggled for what we now take for granted, but to learn from methods of organising and protest that may yet make a difference.  The hunger strikers who claimed the vote are the forebears of the women on hunger strike today at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, as Dr Kate Cook (of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre at ManMet, who so generously supported the day) reminded us.

And so we gathered and joined in important inter-generational conversations on some 1970s feminist themes: Violence against Women; Black Women’s Activism with feedback from the Women of the Soil project and the Louise DaCacodia Trust ; Our Bodies Ourselves;  Girls Work in Youth Work and Equal Opportunities.  The day was interwoven with poetry … reading poems out loud, and writing together by sharing our words and worlds with one another … and with laughter. The youngest were still at college ; the oldest were Trade Unionists in their eighties.  We were of different ‘race’ and religions and sexualities and backgrounds and the day ended with a call by Steph Green to those of us who might be fooled by the stories of division between the ‘pro-feminist’ West and the barbaric patriarchal Other world of Islam not to allow these powerful narratives to divide us, but to keep on seeing the common ground we share with other women.

Generations of Feminism

Dr Kate Cook (1990) in the middle of a demonstration to have the funding of Manchester Rape Crisis restored … they were successful (photo by Julie Fletcher).

Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series 2015-19

On 27 March 2018, Prof Julia Rouse contributed to an ESRC funded seminar in the ‘Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series 2015-19’ hosted by Dr Patricia Lewis at the University of Kent. The theme was ‘Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship’ and Julia presented a paper from her pregnancy and maternity in entrepreneurship research and campaigning entitled ‘Entrepreneur pregnancy and maternity: policy failure, individualised risks and self-exploitation practises’. Julia was delighted to be talking alongside leaders in the field of gender and entrepreneurship research – Professor Helen Ahl from Sweden and Professor Susan Marlow from the University of Nottingham, among others. The event finished with a frank – and touching – presentation by entrepreneur Sue Nelson on the reality of being a woman small business leader. Sue particularly focused on her lifetime’s experience of everyday sexism and sexual harassment and how this has ongoing overtones in business networks.

You’re invited to: Women Educating Cheshire in the 20th Century – a public lecture TUES, 17 APRIL 2018

Delaney Lecture Theatre, MMU Cheshire Campus, Crewe

Crewe

The Cheshire County Training College, Crewe opened its doors on the present site on 4th July 1912, although it had been founded some 4 years earlier.  This public lecture by Sarah Webb (Cheshire Campus Library) and Margaret Roberts (Sport and Leisure History Research Team) uses material from the college archive to illustrate the history of the campus from its inception to the amalgamation with Alsager Training college in 1974, with many original artefacts on display. Through the lens of its female staff and students, the college, its buildings and the academic achievements, sporting interests, drama performances, political activities and global travel of the women that taught and studied here in Crewe are celebrated. We hear from students such as young Sybil Booth, hurrying home after her day at college in 1911, long skirts swishing around her ankles to the victory gained by the women in the 1960s, when men were allowed into the all-female halls of residence. Margaret and Sarah would be interested to hear from anyone who wishes to share their own memories of the campus. If you have any photographs or ephemera, we would be happy to speak to you during the evening.

Refreshments will be available upon arrival.

To register your FREE place please use the following link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-educating-cheshire-in-the-20th-century-tickets-44447837679

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