International Women’s Day: 41 Cambridge societies empowering women in 2021
Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
To celebrate International Women’s day 2021, the Tab has collated 41 societies (listed alphabetically) related to representing self-identifying women and non-binary people across Cambridge! We got in touch with the societies themselves to tell us a bit about what they do and why you should join.
This IWD, we wanted to celebrate the work that these societies have been doing in the effort to empower those that they represent. Check out their events and the amazing work that they’ve been doing; all their socials are linked so be sure to get involved!
1. Cambridge Girltalk
“Cambridge GirlTalk is a multimedia platform that aims to bring self-identifying women into dialogue, providing the inspiration and tools to spark change. We run events throughout term that span from craft nights to discussion groups. Recent events have included a panel discussion on women in human rights and a feminist collaging workshop. ”
2. Cambridge Period Project
“The Cambridge period project is a group that aims to reduce period poverty in the local community and university. People can get involved by signing our open letter, and following us on social media where a crowd-funder will be launched soon!”
3. Cambridge Women Who Lead
“Cambridge Women Who Lead is a new society dedicated to promoting female leadership. We host talks and workshops and publish articles written by, for and about student leaders and women who inspire us. Get in touch if you want to get involved!”.
Cambridge Women who Lead and Cambridge Women in Business are hosting a discussion with the hosts from Race2Rise podcast on Monday the 8th of March.
4. CAM Women in Business
“CAMWIB is a community of enthusiastic, passionate, motivated young women committed to promoting female success within industry. Our supportive network is integral to our ethos – the team of like-minded women continually prove to one another that anything is possible and no dream is too big. Aiming to raise women up and smash the glass ceiling, we platform as many diverse career paths as possible through our speaker and sponsored events. Our podcast clubs, socials and social media takeovers are also key to the CAMWIB spirit!”.
Cambridge Women in Business are co-hosting a discussion with the hosts from Race2Rise podcast on Monday the 8th of March with Cambridge Womxn who Lead.
5. Cavendish Inspiring Womxn
“Cavendish Inspiring Womxn (CiW) is a student- and postdoc-led group in Cambridge, with an aim to help raise the visibility of womxn in Physics. We do this by putting successful womxn in front of younger womxn considering careers in physics by holding speaker events and networking sessions, mentoring schemes, social/welfare events, undergraduate study sessions, and outreach activities for school students.”
6. CU Womxn in Engineering
CUWES was founded to bring together women in departments from across colleges and specialisms. We aim to foster a supportive environment, spotlight women in industry and academia as role models and inspire prospective engineering students. Starting up during the pandemic we’ve run sessions focusing on module choices, coffee breaks for post-grads and undergrads and led Q&As, all of which are open to anyone regardless of gender identity. ”
Applications are open for CU Womxn in Engineering’s new committee! Find out more about getting involved with one of Cambridge’s newest societies and have the chance to make an impact on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
7. CU Women in Media
“Cambridge University Women in a Media is a society aiming to inspire female and non-binary students pursuing careers in the media. One of several WiM societies at campuses across the UK, and founded in 2018, this year we grew the scope of our events – hosting panels from ‘How to get into: News Media’, to ‘Disability in Media’. We also ran our first-ever virtual Networking Event & CV workshop sessions – whilst collaborating with groups across the university.”
8. CU Women in Science
“Women in Science aim to inspire and empower women and non-binary people in male-dominated fields of STEM by holding speaker events, skills workshops and social events”.
“FLY is a network that runs regular forums, welfare sessions and panel events to centre the experiences of women and non-binary people of colour in Cambridge”.
10. Loud and Clear
“Loud and Clear is an intersectional campaign for all genders, but focusing on issues that disproportionately affect people of marginalised genders. We fight for a survivor-oriented approach to sexual misconduct procedure and to combat the cultures of silence and victim-blaming which are so pervasive at this University, creating safer spaces for students and amplifying the voices of those who have experienced misconduct.”
“Notorious is a 16-piece, all-female A cappella group from various colleges across Cambridge and who perform repertoire from female artists dressed in pink! Following through with our usual tradition of an International Women’s Day concert, we’ve prepared a virtual performance of ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac, arranged by one of their singers, Emilia Grace.”
12. SU women’s campaign
The Women’s campaign supports and represents all women (including those who self-define as women) and non-binary students at Cambridge. Alongside campaigning and providing a variety of services, resources and events for women in Cambridge, they aim to create a community of care and solidarity. On Tuesday, March 9th they’re hosting a Trauma-Informed Activism Panel and Friday the 12th March they’re co-hosting Reclaim the Night Virtual Vigil with FLY .
13. The Old Vag Club
“The Old Vag club is an alternative theatre company ran with the aim of amplifying the voices of self-identifying women and other marginalised genders. We organise online scratch nights where the proceeds go to local charities. These include short, student-written performances from standup to original songs. OVC also puts on an annual verbatim performance called ‘Public house’ which is made up of anonymous testimonies sent in by sexual assault survivors with 50% of proceeds going to Cambridge Rape Crisis. We hope to put on some discussion-based evenings around feminism in theatre and, in a normal year, OVC funds shows around Cambridge. OVC also involved in working with ADC In trying to reform/put in place disciplinary procedures.”
Find The Old Vag Club on Facebook.
14. UN Women UK Cambridge
“UN Women UK Cambridge aims to empower women and raise awareness, both on campus and internationally about women and girls’ issues. We host informative events and discussions with expert speakers on topics ranging from the pandemic to violence against women as part of the UN’s Draw A Line campaign”.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, they are co-hosting a panel event with Student Action for Female Education on the global barriers to girls’ education on Friday the 12th of March.
If you’re interested in getting involved with feminist discussions and campaigns, check if your college has a FemSoc, or something similar. Many are also hosting a range of accessible events for International Women’s day!
15. Christ’s- Christ’s College Feminist Society
16. Churchill- Churchill College Feminist Society
17. Clare- Clare Gender Equality Movement
18. Corpus Christi- Various discussion groups
19. Downing- Downing FemSoc
20. Emmanuel-Emma FemSoc
21. Fitzwilliam- Fitz FemSoc
22. Girton- Girton FemSoc
23. Gonville and Caius- Caius FemGen Soc
24. Homerton- Homerton Intersectional Feminist Society
25. Hughes Hall- Hughes Hall FemSoc
26. Jesus- Jesus College Feminist Society
27. King’s- King’s Feminist Society
28. Lucy Cavendish – Lucy Cavendish Feminist Society
29. Magdalene- The 1988 Club
30. Murray Edwards- Murray Edwards FemSoc
31. Newnham- Newnham College Feminist Society
32. Pembroke- The Jo Cox Feminist Society
33. Peterhouse- The Beard Society
34. Queens- Queens’ (and friends) Feminist Society
35. Robinson- Anna Cutland Feminist Society
36. Selwyn- Selwyn FemSoc
37. Sidney Sussex- Sidney Sussex FemSoc
38. St Catherine’s- Catz FemSoc
39. St John’s- St John’s FemSoc
40. Trinity- Trinity College Feminism Society
41. Trinity Hall- THFemFo
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, but this International Women’s Day the Tab would not only like to celebrate those who self-identify as women and non-binary, but also the amazing Cambridge students who are trying to make the university and the world a more equal and inclusive place! Happy International Women’s Day 2021!!
(Feature image credits: Selwyn Fem Soc, Cambridge University Women in Media, Cambridge Women in Business, Loud and Clear, UN Women UK Cambridge, SU Women’s Campaign, Notorious, FLY, CU Women in Science Society, CU Womxn in Engineering Society, Cavendish Inspiring Womxn, The Cambridge Period Project and Cambridge Girl Talk)