We spoke to some of the inspirational women at Royal Holloway
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Today is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating women globally and commemorating the movement for women’s rights. This resonates with Royal Holloway students because of our rich history with female activism, and notably our alumni includes Emily Wilding Davison. Royal Holloway and Bedford College were also both originally founded as women’s colleges. In the spirit of female empowerment we celebrated the day by speaking to some out of the many inspirational women who attend Royal Holloway today.
Third year English student Rebecca founded the English PEN society (which was awarded with the society crest at the socs ball last Saturday), and regularly works with university outreach programmes, particularly helping to raise awareness and money for the homeless. Rebecca recently co-organised the Sleep-out event on Founder’s Field, where those involved slept outside for the night, and successfully raised a lot of money. In addition to this, Rebecca has helped organise various events for International Women’s Day, and a protest on campus against the Muslim ban imposed by Trump.
Eleanor is a third year studying English Literature. She is going on to study an Mphil in Medieval Literature at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, after receiving offers from both Oxford and Cambridge. Eleanor has volunteered in Royal Holloway’s Picture Gallery since first year, and has given talks on the works there, including one this International Women’s Day on the relation between women’s rights movements and the Holloway collection with Royal Holloway Feminism Society’s president, Tressa Belesi. Eleanor has also worked as Royal Holloway’s School Liaison Intern, visiting schools across the South East and London to discuss her university experience to ensure that all students who wish to attend university, no matter what their background, consider a university education.
Holly is a third year Modern History and Politics student, and the Editor of The Orbital Magazine. Holly has been involved with The Orbital since first year, going from Deputy Features Editor through to her position now, as Editor. Alongside this role, Holly has also presented a show on Insanity Radio, presenting shows on a variety of themes including Intersectional Feminism. Holly informed us that “this role enables me to talk to amazing women every single day, and it inspires me to work even harder so that I can be considered alongside them.”
Pippa is currently the Co-President of Societies and Media for the SU, and is running in the elections again this year to remain VP. Pippa told The Tab that she is “passionate about young people and their potential to inspire others”, and that she would love to retain her position within the SU.