Tag Archives: Bluestocking

Countdown to Bluestockings Week!

1 Aug

Bluestockings Week is almost here! Starting on Monday, there will be events all week celebrating women in higher education, and challenging the obstacles that remain. The calendar for the week is below, and you can download a PDF version here.

It’s not too late to get involved, so if you’d like to come along or volunteer, email womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au

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For our first FFFFILMS! screening (tomorrow!) – and as a lead in to Bluestocking Week – we will be screening Mona Lisa Smile, a fictionalised film about women in higher education and the struggles they face. We’ll post more information about that soon! As usual, our FFFFILMS! screenings will be held in the Student’s Lounge (aka the Member’s Lounge) on the ground floor of Union House from 4:30pm. All welcome!

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Bluestockings Week

28 Jun

Hello everyone, and hope you’re enjoying your uni break! The website has been on a bit of a hiatus as we’ve all slogged through exams & essays, then got the flu, then kinda gone into holiday mode a bit, but also still working away in the background organising our NOWSA collective. Only a week until we go away to Canberra… can’t wait!

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about a big Semester 2 event that is in the works. We’d love any interested people to get involved – you don’t need any special experience or knowledge, just some enthusiasm and keenness to meet new people! Run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, it’s called Bluestocking Week:

Bluestocking is a campaign which celebrates women in higher education. The ‘week’ will run from the 6th-17th of August. This year’s Bluestocking Week will focus on the original bluestocking themes of celebrating women’s intellectualism; advancing feminism through education; and rebelling against social constructs that prescribe roles for women’ including those of class, race, sexuality and culture, that restrict women’s freedom of expression and thought – and we will add a modern (or postmodern) twist. Bluestocking Week is coordinated by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Women’s Action Committee (which has representatives from each State) and the National Union of Students Women’s Department. Events are being organised at national, divisional and university level. The project will be launched by Jane Garrett MP and Jeannie Rea, President of the NTEU at La Trobe University, Eagle Bar (event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/196702417124126/)

In terms of what’s happening at Melbourne Uni, that’s where you come in! We’d love you to be part of the organising collective. Please drop us a line at womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au if you’d like to be a part of making the week happen, and getting your thoughts and ideas about women & higher education out there.

Happy uni break everyone!

– bel

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