Read about the different feminist school groups in England and Wales and what they’ve been up to: including school assemblies on misogynoir and what it means to be a young muslim feminist, boys’ experiences of everyday sexism, feminist fire hot-spots and journal entries of feminist imaginations.
How to Run a Feminism Club*
Identify the politics of your school.
Is your school conservative or progressive? Somewhere in between? Will there be support for your club or will you need to prepare for some resistance? Think about the best way to let others know, and seek support from peers and existing clubs.
Find a teacher who can act as an ally to sponsor your club.
Choose someone you like and trust, someone who will listen and offer ongoing support.
Develop diverse leadership.
Sexism is experienced differently for different groups of people. Seek out and share leadership with students of different races, genders, and abilities.
Do your research!
Read together, explore the issues you care about, learn everything you can about the social problems you want to work on. Become informed!
Make plans with your members (rather than for them).
Brainstorm the topics you want to learn more about, the issues you want to take on–as a group. Set agendas and goals as a collective, plan activities and actions together.
Educate one another and your school.
Run teacher/student education workshops, make informational posters, ask to organize an assembly on a topic you care about, host a movie and discussion night, initiate a fundraiser, an action or campaign.
Contact local professors, women’s organizations, and shelters.
There are amazing people in your community fighting the good fight. Get to know them, invite them to a meeting, host them as educators and speakers, find out how you can support their work and how they can support yours.
Go on field trips.
Attend community events together, learn and bond by going to local actions, attend talks, art exhibits, movies and plays together. Have fun! Make change together!
*(adapted from Sienna Ruiz and Cammy for Rookie Magazine. Check out the full article.)
For resources and support on how to start up your own school feminist and gender equality group, check out UK Feminista, Fearless Futures and the Gender Equalities and Leadership in Schools (GELS) Network.