This week a new society has been set up at Royal Holloway, the Feminist Society. A member of the society, Jasmine Wyeth, had this to say to The Founder:
‘Feminism is the belief that the sexes should have equality in all spheres of life and in the Feminist Society we aim to fight gender inequality on campus, as well as nationally and internationally. Although some people may think that the sexes now have equality in the UK, feminism is still relevant today; for example, the recent NUS Hidden Marks survey found that 1 in 7 women students have been sexually assaulted or physically attacked, and that 12% have been stalked, whilst at university or college.
The Feminist Society aims to get involved with the Hidden Marks campaign to help make campus safer for women. Another example of how feminism is still relevant is the fact that women will be disproportionately hit by the cuts, what with the cuts to public sector job losses and cuts to key sources of income for many women, such as child benefit. We want to get involved with helping to protect women’s jobs, incomes and services, such as domestic violence charities.
International Women’s Day takes place on Tuesday 8 March and this will be an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about feminism and the new society. The Feminism Society will be meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm in Imagine.’