Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft

Today is the 253rd anniversary of the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Born on this day in 1759, Wollstonecraft was the mother of feminism – and the mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Today is also the 44th anniversary of the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which came into […]

The Father

The Father by August Strindberg, new version by Laurie Slade. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 31st March – 14th April 2012. Directed by Joe Harmston. As a follow-up to Nora, I went to see The Father on Thursday with some of the lovely Coventry Feminist Culture Club women. The relationship between these two contrasting plays is fascinating and I’m glad the Belgrade […]

International Women’s Day 2012

Happy International Women’s Day! We’ve come a really long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1911 but there’s still a long way to go, particularly in the battle against rape, domestic violence and abuse. Women are still underrepresented in public life, the pay gap still exists, and the government’s cuts are disproportionately hitting […]

What’s in a name?

Today the Guardian reported that the French have said adieu to Mademoiselle, deeming it “an unnecessary and unjustified reference to women’s marital status” which “should be phased out from official forms.” The decision follows a campaign by French feminist groups, including Osez le féminisme, whose anti-rape campaign I was involved with while living in Paris. […]

Nora: out of the Doll’s House?

Nora, stage version by Ingmar Bergman, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s famously feminist play A Doll’s House. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 28th January – 18th February 2012. Directed by Patricia Benecke. The first cultural outing of the newly-formed Coventry Feminist Culture Club was to the Thursday 16th February performance of Nora, followed by a post-show discussion with the director and […]

Mobilising Men

Apologies to MadamJMo for the overused picture. I couldn’t find a suitable alternative – the one of Ken Livingstone just isn’t as good! It’s taken me a while to get this post down because life kept getting in the way, but better late than never, right? The one talk from UK Feminista’s Summer School that […]