2018 is the 100th anniversary of the start of women’s suffrage and the end of World War One. Our celebrations include creating a one-off special edition of Just Women, the feminist magazine produced by a women’s collective in Somerset in the 1980s and 1990s and a lively launch event.
We’re seeking funds to produce a printed version of the magazine, and towards the celebratory launch.
For the past 10 or so years, a group of women from around Wiveliscombe, Somerset have celebrated International Women’s Day with social & political events.
We felt it was important to do something special in 2018. So we’ve decided to put together a special edition of Just Women magazine 'Celebrating 100 Years of Change to Women's Lives'.
The 100 years since the end of World War One and the beginning of women’s suffrage have seen immense changes to women’s lives - political, social, home, work, education, sexual freedom, reproductive rights, protections and so much more. Our magazine will acknowledge and celebrate those achievements.
The original Just Women was a magazine produced in Somerset by a Women's Collective in the 1980s & 1990s. Featuring articles on a diverse range of subjects that affected women. From politics to the environment. From working lives to child care. Women’s lived experience was reflected in the pages of the magazine.
Inspiration & Collective Action
A new collective of inspired and inspiring women has formed, giving their time freely, harnessing an incredible array of talent to produce this one-off edition. Women and men from across the South West have offered articles, prose, poetry, images and interviews on a wide range of subjects, including women in farming, sport, music, art, literature, politics and sexist stereotyping.
Photos - of some of the contributors
Graham Andre – the teacher in BBC’s No More Boys & Girls
Fodo leading Women’s March Barnstaple 2017
Louise Jordan who’s researched women of WW1 for her project No Petticoats Here
Avril Silk – One of the original Just Women team
Anita Corbin’s photo of Bellatrix, the first woman in the UK to be a world champion beatboxer, from First Women UK
We’re planning a launch event on Friday 14thDecember – the 100thanniversary of women voting in a General Election. Featuring: Audacity Chutzpah – with an hilarious one woman show – a 10 minute blast through 100 years of women’s liberation; Secrets of The Bluestockings – an all singing, cabaret alternative history of the literary ladies; and the Wivey Scratch Choir with songs celebrating 100 years of change to women’s lives. Send us your email address to email@example.com be kept informed about the launch event (there will be a charge for the evening)
Why We Need Your Help
We’re seeking £2000 to produce 500 printed full-colour copies of this special edition, support an on-line version, and host a launch event. All we need, from you, is a small donation to make this happen. We understand in these times of austerity that it’s hard to find any spare cash, but even £1 helps £10 is even better and £20 would be amazing. If you make a donation of £10 or more we will offer a copy of the magazine for free including postage. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address for this offer.
We will ask for a donation for the magazine and charge for the launch event. Any profit will be split between Taunton Women’s Refuge and future local women’s initiatives.
We really hope you can offer support to get this magazine printed.
If you would like to know what’s happening please join the open Facebook group – Celebrating 100 years of Change to Women’s Lives https://goo.gl/9yd153
Moorvale Creative CIC - a Somerset based CIC who deliver inclusive Community Arts, Community Music, Well-being & Equality projects and programmes - have been working with us from the outset, helping with the project and offering support.
Avril, Carrie, Charlotte, Elaine & Fodo