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FFFFILMS! Tomorrow: Persepolis

17 Oct

Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct Persepolis, an adaptation of Satrapi’s bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution.

Tomorrow at 4:30pm! Students/Members Lounge, Ground Floor Union House. All welcome.


Women of Colour (WOC) group – 1st meeting tomorrow!

9 Oct

Hi All,

Apologies for the late notice but, as with many great ideas, this has come up organically and spontaneously! Stitch n Bitch will take a break tomorrow at 10am, and instead the wom*n’s room will be being used for the first WOC meeting. If you are not attending, please make sure to leave the room free at this time for those who are attending. Here’s the message from Fei, one of the organisers:

Are you a wom*n who identifies as African, Asian, Pacific Islander, Aboriginal, Latin@, Arab, or multiracial? Do you seek a safe and supportive space as wom*n of ethnic minorities within the university? Come join the Wom*n of Color Collective’s first meeting at the Wom*n’s Room in Union House at 10am on Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012! We’ll be discussing goals and strategies for the collective to help promote, make visible, and support wom*n of diverse backgrounds in the education system and beyond. Can’t make the meeting, but interested in joining the collective? Email the wom*n’s officers to see how you can get involved!
Don’t worry if you can’t attend, this is only the beginning of what will hopefully a growing group and please feel free to get involved in future!

FFFILMS! – Iron Jawed Angels

2 Oct


This week’s free film screening is Iron Jawed Angels: Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. It focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s. The film received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film follows political activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. Starring Anjelica Houston, Frances O’Connor, & Hilary Swank.

Date Thursday 4 October 12
Time 4:30PM
At Students Lounge – Union House

All welcome!

Come & practive the flashmob dance moves!

17 Sep

another past melbourne flashmob!

Hey everyone, if you’re interested in the flashmob to help end the stigma surrounding abortion and reproductive choice, tomorrow’s the first practice session! Click here for the facebook event page.

There’ll be another session on Monday the 24th, and here’s the event page for that one!

The final flashmob will be happening on Sat September 30 in Fed Square, with everyone meeting at 10:15.

Get involved!

Wanna be in a feminist flashmob?!

10 Sep

Hey everyone! Here’s an invite from Reproductive Choice Australia to all students at Melbourne Uni to get involved with a flashmob! We’ll be practicing the moves at uni and you can also practice at home to the video they’ve made. Here’s the details:


Reproductive Choice Australia is throwing a Flashmob, and we want YOU to come. Dance in Melbourne’s CBD in support of women and against abortion shame, silence and stigma! The Flashmob will take place on:

  • Sunday September 30, 2012
  • 10:15am arrival, for an 11:00am sharp start

REGISTER NOW to be part of the fun. Dancing is uplifting and fun – the perfect antidote to shame. The Flashmob is a dance everyone can learn – check out our fun instructional video here

The Melbourne Flashmob is open to EVERYONE! Men are warmly invited to attend and every effort will be made to ensure disability-access. Rehearsal parties will be after work at the University of Melbourne on 18 and 24 September, for those who want to attend (more info on the times and rooms to be posted soon). We’ll supply the Flashmob t-shirts, which you are free to keep!


x Belle

Stitch n Bitch goes Enviro! Today from 10am

22 Aug


Hello lovely people,

As part of UMSU’s Enviro Week (all this week!), Stitch n Bitch is joining forces with the Cast-On Charity Group – an UMSU affiliated club that teaches handicraft skills while raising funds for charity. Then, whatever beautiful (or scraggly!) bits of yarn we manage to knit/crochet together will be used to yarn bomb the campus!

Yarn bomb the campus – Stitch n Bitch and Cast On
Wednesday 10:00-11:30, Joe Nap A and B

Yarn bombing, also called crochet graffiti, is knitting or crocheting in urban spaces to transform every day objects into pieces of art work. Come, learn to knit and then make the campus a more beautiful place!

Come along to learn how!

x Bel

Bluestocking Week: Forum today!

8 Aug

Cupcakes from the stall on Monday!

Well the week is going great, hope you’ve been noticing and getting involved!

Today from 1pm, we will be hosting a live panel-style forum to allow students and women academics to get together and discuss issues that women in academia face.

We invite you to come along, share your stories, and ask questions. It is not all that often that students get a chance to personally find out what their lecturers think about the university system, and their role in it – especially as women. This may be especially relevant if you are a student who is, or who is considering, continuing study past the undergraduate level or even working for a university.

It is being held in Old Geology Theatre 1. See you there!

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