In Our Own Words

by CFWD in Leeds

We did it
On 17th December 2015 we successfully raised £5,135 with 105 supporters in 28 days

Celebrate International Women's Day 2016 with a unique collection of political wisdom from women around the world and across the centuries.

by CFWD in Leeds

New stretch target

We've reached our initial target - that's brilliant! Thank you so much to everyone who's donated so far! But now we're being even more ambitious. If we can reach £5,750 we'll be able to make the collection even bigger, get some really good design work done, include more photos and print still more copies to mark International Women's Day!

So if you can hep us get there that would be great. Have a look at the rewards and then please donate and tell your friends.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations records the words of 1,466 people - and just 136 of them are women.

Another compilation published within the last few years has more quotes in it from fictional men from 'Yes Minister' and 'House of Cards' than there are from real women.

The Centre for Women & Democracy (www.cfwd.org.uk) has been campaigning since 2007 to get more women into politics, power, and public decision-making roles at all levels. When we found that there is actually no collection of women's political quotations, and therefore no record of women's collective political wisdom and insight, we started our own and put it on our website in a section called ‘In Our Own Words’. That has about five hundred or so quotes, but now we want to do something really special.

We want to create a much bigger collection and publish it in book form to mark International Women’s Day 2016.

The absence of the political voices of women and girls - both historic and contemporary - from the recorded political culture feeds the perceptions that women are less able speakers and writers, and are less likely have interesting, witty or significant insights into politics, power and government.  It robs us of our hinterland, denies us access to the words of many remarkable women, and means that most women politicians are forgotten much more quickly than their male counterparts. And we know too that women who are BAME, disabled, young, working class or LBT are even more likely to be rendered invisible. We think all this needs to be put right.

Can you help us to raise at least £5,000 to create a unique record of women's political voices? 

We need the funding so that we can pay someone to work with us to comb through speeches, articles, interviews, memoirs and websites to find new quotes and cover publishing and basic design costs. Proceeds from the sales of the book will go towards the balance of the costs and, once they are covered, to supporting CFWD to continue its work on women's political equality. We can only achieve all this with your generosity and support. But we think it will be worth it.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be split between the Centre for Women & Democracy and a charity which we'll be announcing shortly.

We believe that women's experience of politics is at least as memorable as men's, and just as much worth preserving.

If you agree, please donate. There are some great rewards available (see the list on the right) not the least of which will be the warm glow of helping to do something so worthwhile.

And, if we’re successful, the end result will be a lasting record of women's words which will feed into future major collections, not to mention a brilliant present (for yourself and others) for all occasions.

Thank you in advance for being part of this adventure!

'It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.' Madeleine Allbright, first woman US Secretary of State

'There are hazards in anything one does, but greater hazards in doing nothing.'  Baroness Shirley Williams

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Lots of very grateful thanks, an In Our Own Words fridge magnet, plus your name will be listed in the acknowledgements in the book as one of the amazing people who made it all possible!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Lots of very grateful thanks, plus: • an In Our Own Words fridge magnet, • a cotton tote bag adorned with one of the best quotations from the book, and • your name listed in the acknowledgements in the book as one of the amazing people who made it all possible!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Lots of very grateful thanks, plus: • an invitation to the launch event in March 2016, • a copy of 'In Our Own Words' when it is published, • a cotton tote bag adorned with one of the best quotations from the book, • an In Our Own Words fridge magnet, and • your name listed in the acknowledgements in the book as one of the amazing people who made it all possible!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Lots of very grateful thanks, plus: • an invitation to the launch event in March 2016, • a unique In Our Own Words 2016 desk calendar, • invitations to CFWD roundtables and events throughout 2016, • a cotton tote bag adorned with one of the best quotations from the book, • a copy of 'In Our Own Words' when it is published, • an In Our Own Words fridge magnet, and • your name listed in the acknowledgements in the book as one of the amazing people who made it all possible!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Lots of very, very grateful thanks, plus all of the things listed above, plus an invitation to tea with some very special guests!

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