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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!


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

NOWSA (or: road trip!)

21 May

Every July, a conference for wom*n students is held at a different university each year. It’s called NOWSA which stands for Network of Women Students Australia. Last year it was in Sydney and Melbourne Uni sent a rad group along. For those who went, it was great fun to meet new people from our own university and from other ones, as well as meeting speakers and presenters and learning a lot. I know that for me personally, I made a lot of friends and I became much more involved with the Wom*n’s Dept & the student union. This year ANU (Canberra) is hosting and the dates are 9-13 July.

We are currently wanting to find out what you think about attending! We have some accommodation and funding set aside for interested unimelb students, so come along to WAC today at 1pm to find out more. There’s still details to be added by ANU, so some people are reserving their decision on attending until more is released. You can check out their website at http://nowsa2012.com (where I’ve copied the following ‘about’ info from):


The Network of Women Students Australia was established in 1987, founded on ideals of creating a grassroots, autonomous network concerned with issues that impact women and women students. NOWSA provides a platform for women’s organising across universities and in the wider community through resource, skill and knowledge sharing both in conference and through web branches of the network. The network continues to shift, grow and change, but constantly places feminist agenda at the forefront. Women of all ages, sexuality, ability and experience have the opportunity to be involved.

The NOWSA conference runs for 5-days, giving voice to women students and allowing them to engage with personal, political, social, and cultural issues that are relevant to women. NOWSA is now an annual conference, held from year to year at different universities, and encourages networks to be developed with women from across Australia.

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of NOWSA’s establishment, in 1987 at the ‘Women on Campus’ conference held at ANU. Thus the theme for this years conference has been selected as ’25 Years On: Her Story, Her Future’. The conference will host speakers and workshops that surround this theme over the course of five days.

If you’re interested, email womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au!

Spotlight: Owl Eyes – Free gig at uni

2 Apr

Spotlight is a new feature on umsuwomyns.com where we’ll post info on artists/events/organisations/whatever to help promote great work that wom*n are doing around Melbourne and elsewhere.

What better than to start with something happening right on our doorstep: young female artist Owl Eyes performing a free gig at uni tomorrow.

Owl Eyes

1pm-2pm, Tuesday 3 April
North Court, ground floor, Union House

Come along and show your support of women artists!

From the UMSU website: A striking duality reveals itself when listening to Owl Eyes, talented 20-year-old Brooke Addamo. Her songs, on the surface lush and beautiful, evoke images that could only exist in the imagination of such a fertile young mind. Yet, underneath these surreal daydreams, something very real is happening. Addamo’s tales are underpinned by the innermost thoughts of a young woman trying to figure it all out, desperately seeking out human connection.


International Women’s Day 2012

7 Mar

Events on Wednesday 7 March 2012

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New topics for Feminist Discussion Group!

6 Mar
Picture of various pro-women stickers

In each session we discuss different issues, looking at films, articles and other media, or just general life stuff. You don’t have to be an expert, or a woman to get involved – just enthusiastic! Feminism is not an isolated discipline, either, so expect to explore race, class and many other issues! Discussion group is organised by the awesome Dani: (check out her blog!).

In WAC this week we had some great new topic contributions:

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