We are a group of students from years 7 - 11 who helped set up a Feminist Fridays lunchtime club at our school.
We began by ranting about all the sexist behaviour we encountered in school, such as sexual harassment and body shaming. This helped us realise that we are not alone and made us feel more capable of speaking back to others.
The group provides a positive space for us to talk, lift each other up and vent but we also channel this energy into different activities, such as charity fundraising, assemblies and poster campaigns.
We are really proud of our fundraising efforts for local and international women’s rights charities. So far we have hosted a bake sale as well as designed and painted gender equality t-shirts. The money we raised has supported survivors of domestic violence.
It was great to work together and see the positive impact we could make in the world. The bake sale and our t-shirts have also helped raise the profile of our Feminist Fridays club around the school.
School assemblies and social media
We have also promoted feminist solidarity through an assembly we planned for Year 11. Each of us wrote an anonymous message about how life can be incredibly difficult for girls alone, without having to tear each other down and how we could be so much stronger if we worked together.
Inspired by the ‘I Weigh’ social media campaign, our group has also created our own posters that challenge body shaming and fatphobia, as well as celebrates attributes that make us feel good in our bodies such as great friends, laughter, feminism, pizza, science, music and more.
What Feminist Fridays means to us
“I’ve had a chance to talk about my experience and now I want to hear others point of view”
“It gives me a chance to fight catcalling and
raise money for various charities”
“It’s great to feel like I’m making a change, even if it’s little”
“Feminist Club really gives me something to look forward to in the week”
“I love being in the feminist group because…it lifts me and other girls up instead of shattering my self-esteem”
Teacher: ‘I think one of the things I first noticed, was the sort of fire that they had which grew in every meeting that we had.’
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