It’s March and that means it’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (Thu 8 Mar). This year’s theme is #PressforProgress and the Women of Hull Women’s Week programme is helping us do just this.
Women of Hull are putting the questions: ‘what is it like to be a woman in Hull?’; ‘do women have an equal role in today’s society?’ and ‘how far have we progressed in the 100 years since some women in the UK have had the right to vote?’ to us all, through a variety of events this week.
Expect exhibitions applauding local heroes who played their part in the Suffrage movement, plus inspirational breakfasts and youth parliaments setting the agenda on the issues that matter. And if you’re a revolutionary maker, there’s a yarn crafting session too (who said knitting couldn’t be radical?).
Here’s our guide to getting the most out of Women’s Week.
For those who want to delve into the history of the Suffrage Movement in Hull, head to Centenary Exhibition: Dr Mary Murdoch and the Suffrage Movement (27 Feb – 20 Mar, Hull Minster). Run by Hull Amnesty Group, the exhibition looks at Mary’s incredible efforts campaigning for better healthcare for women, young people and children.
Tackling today’s issues are the University of Hull. They’ve teamed up with Women in Gaming to open the debate on gender representation in video games, asking what can be done to readdress the portrayal of gaming as an inherently masculine space. OpenCampus Talking Point: Women and Gaming (Tue 6 Mar, 5.30pm, University of Hull, Wilberforce Building) will host a number of influential figures on the local scene, including animation and gender studies researcher Kodi Maier, organiser of the 2017 Queer/ing Animation conference and Dr Chris Skinner, founder of the SeriousGeoGames project.
Similarly, Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) is addressing the issues women face in the tech industry. C4DI presents Women in Tech (Thu 8 Mar, 2pm, C4DI Group) has invited some of Hull’s inspirational women in tech to share their experiences in the sector with you, asking what can be done to encourage more women to enter the industry.
Feeling peckish? What better way is there to start International Women’s Day this year than with an Inspirational Women’s Breakfast (Thu 8 Mar, 10am, Hull Minster)? Women are invited to chat about their role in the world today with Victoria Jackson MBE, Emma Latimer of Hull CCG and Lisa Hilde of Preston Road Women’s Centre. Head down to network with other like-minded women and grab yourself a coffee, too.
Saturday is jam-packed with activities you can get stuck into. Revolutionary Makers (Sat 10 Mar, 1pm-3pm, Hull Minster) will offer you the chance to sit down and work on a knitting or crochet project, yarn crafting your way to peace, and we heard you’ll be treated to live music too.
Across the city’s libraries, Flash Discussions (11am-12pm, Hull Libraries excluding Longhill Library) will ring out. These pop-up debates are an open platform for women to come and have their say.
Similarly, Courageous Women – Bravery of Women that speak out! (Sat 10 Mar, 2-4pm, Kardomah 94) will open up discussion on strong female characters. Join author Louise Beech and singer-songwriter Carrie Martin as they present their collaboration ‘Maria in the Moon’, with guest speakers that include Diana Johnson MP.
With all of this taking place, there’s no excuse not to get involved. Why not check out what other activities Women in Hull have planned here?