It seems weird to be happy about anything when there is so much going on in the world at the moment, but in these dark days WE are taking every opportunity when we can.
We had a lovely time in Crewe for International Women’s Day
- with some really interesting conversations about how to #BreakTheBias and people writing their own miniature banners. Here is what Baindu wrote and WE couldn’t agree more!
Click on the photo to see an inspiring range of demands by visitors to the event. And many congratulations to Clare who won a signed copy of On This Day She co-written by Dr. Ailsa Holland, local poet, author and activist.
On International Women’s Day itself, WE were in Congleton to see the unveiling of the statue of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy. It was really moving to see how the town is embracing Elizabeth - with school kids singing and speaking at the event itself, and the flowers that have been regularly left with her since. It was lovely to hear both the sculptor Hazel Reeves and the Rt Hon Baroness Lady Hale talk about not knowing who Elizabeth was when first asked to be involved, but the minute they started reading about her, like us, falling under her spell and wanting others to know her too.
How many more amazing women have there been and how many around today, quietly and strongly moving mountains and changing lives for the better? Representation matters - whether it is in the art in our streets, in the media, in the boardroom, or on the council. It is something that our branch team is passionate about and Kay recently gave a live presentation which can now be viewed on YouTube via the photo link.
And finally, owing to Kay's nomination in the category for 'Disruptor for Good', we wore our frocks and went to the Northern Power Women Awards (courtesy of Kanga Health). It was amazing to be in a room full of so many brilliant women and allies. Sadly she didn't win but we're still immensely proud of her! See our pics here.
A lot more is happening. Here are a few quick updates, with more information available by following the links.
Further to our preview at the branch meeting in January, we have now published the recording of the End Sexism in Schools presentation along with a link to their completed research called Balancing the Books – Gender Bias in the KS3 English Curriculum. You will not be surprised to learn that "Women’s voices are severely underrepresented in students learning, with 82% of novels taught featuring a male protagonist and 99% of plays are authored by men."
Further to hearing from the speaker at our branch meeting in February, we are co-leading the non-partisan Make Votes Matter group for Cheshire. Proportional Representation is our route to a more diverse range of views and policies and balanced decisions in politics. A launch event is being planned for April.
Following our letters to two town councils about White Ribbon accreditation, Alsager agreed last November to become a White Ribbon Supporter, whilst we wait to hear about Crewe.
There is no public branch meeting during April - we're having a break for Easter and having an officer planning meeting. It is Cheshire East's turn for elections in May 2023 so there is lots to do before then!
Hopefully we will see you at our 23rd May branch meeting for disability awareness.
Thank you for continuing to support equality!
Sally, Louise, Deborah, Kay, Jane
Women's Equality Cheshire East Branch Officers
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