International Women’s Month 2020

Women’s month is an important annual celebration that occurs every March, promoting equality of the sexes and casting a spotlight onto the overlooked accomplishments of women. History is often defined by men, however; Women’s month seeks to redefine history and recognise forgotten faces. Christine de Pizan, Paulina Luisi, Andree Borrel, are all incredible women that helped change the world and yet most people have never even heard of them. Let’s change that. Here are a few events selected by MUSE to kickstart the celebrations.

 

Lectures:

Women’s History Month: Women in Prison – Lecture and Exhibition Launch

Delve into the forgotten past of female prisoners at Dr Susy Menis’s lecture on March 13th. Free to all, Menis will explore how previous policies have ignored women’s experiences and needs. Alongside the talk, Noriko Hisazumi will be releasing her watercolour exhibition that also relates to women’s prisons.

Eco-Heroines of Yesterday & Today! Celebrating Women’s Day & Our Environment

On March 17th, you can learn all about the connection between women and environmental activism. This free talk will explore how women, in particular, can help fight climate change and follow the example of other exemplary women.

 

 

Film Screenings:

Radioactive

Opening March 20th, Radioactive delves into the wondrous life of Marie Curie. An inspiration to all, Marie Curie did not allow her gender to affect her chances at a successful life as a scientist and was the first person in history to receive two Nobel prizes in different fields.

 

Museum exhibitions:

Muff Busters

Running until March 29th, Muff Busters is all about debunking popular myths about the vagina. Adorned with giant, red sequined tampons, this free exhibition serves as a reminder that the female anatomy is not something to be ashamed of, instead, it is something that should be celebrated.

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights

Set at The British Library, the Unfinished Business exhibition examines the long history of feminism, exploring how women’s inequality is affected by a race, class, gender identity, and sexuality. Featuring work from artists, scientists, and activists, this multidisciplinary exhibition re-assesses how far feminism has to go. Tickets cost £7.50 for students but are free to members!

 

QMSU

Consent training

Whilst this is not targeted as a Women’s Month event, this training scheme is vital to all members of the QMUL community. This 1-hour talk will provide information about understanding consent, sexual violence, and where to seek help. Events such as this are important as they encourage body autonomy and sexual understanding.

 

Even if you only have 15-minutes free on a lunch break, we implore you to find time this month to rediscover one of histories omitted women or re-evaluate your beliefs about the female experience.

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