Inspiring Women Conference 2018

Inspir Saturday 12th May, Inspiring Women Conference, NUSU

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do list’. – Michelle Obama

Thankfully the Beast from the East didn’t return and the rescheduled conference went ahead as planned.

As this year marks the centurion of women’s suffrage- when ‘some’ British women got the vote. The theme of pressing for progress has never been more important.

100 years ago, Women in Britain were first guaranteed the right to vote, and rightfully so! In Emmeline Pankhurst’s 1914 autobiography, she wrote ‘Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that is in entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs’

This democratic theme was just right when the first keynote of the day was introduced. Chi Onwurah MP.   The day continued with a variety of options depending on what delegates wanted to gain from the conference. Imposter Syndrome, Writing for Progress and Feminists in film are just a few of the sessions to mention. The conference ended with an open discussion. The topic ‘How can women progress in a world of double standards?’ sparking an insightful and interesting debate.

A great day for all who attended.  We asked the delegates ‘How have we inspired you?’ Some of their answers are below. Amazing!

  • It is great to see high achieving women breaking barriers – it gives me hope that I can do the same.
  • To be more aware of my actions and how they not only effect myself but those around me.
  • Chi’s speech was very interesting and gave me a lot of inspiration.
  • I have been inspired to get up and promote gender equality.
  • All sessions and the and the amazing speakers inspired me to find my voice and express it in all areas of my life in order to bring about the change women need and deserve.
  • I learnt a lot about equality issues I had never even considered in the past. Thank you!
  • I have a new perspective on feminism and the message and how it exists today.
  • Inspired me to think about issues around feminism and how we make progress.
  • To speak up!
  • To be more active in trying to make change in society.

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