13 March 2018

In March 2018, numerous events took place across the University of Hertfordshire in recognition of Women's History Month and International Women's Day.

The School of Humanities and Hertfordshire Business School held an engaging one-day Women and Power workshop, with short presentations and performances on:

  • powerful women in society, both past and present
  • overlooked and forgotten women in history
  • strategies for being a ‘Powerful Woman’ in the workplace

Topics included everything from 'Mrs Thatcher, Mrs Clinton and the politics of biscuits' to 'women in policing' and 'empowering postures and movement'. The full programme may be viewed here.

The Schools of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics, Engineering & Technology and Computer Science set up a giant mobile Planetarium Dome featuring a slide show celebration of women in science, which attracted over 250 people. Check out their video online.

In an effort to raise money for the Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge, the Schools of Life and Medical Sciences and Health and Social Work combined efforts to hold a cake sale where they were able to successfully raise over £500 for a very worthy cause!

The School of Education organised a selection of 'International Women's Week' events to reflect on and discuss women's suffrage and 100 years since women got the vote in the Representation of the People Act 1918. Have a look at the programme for staff and students.

Hertfordshire Law School hosted a War of Words (WoW) debate around gender equality. WoW are lively and engaging sessions that challenge participants to make quick, one-minute applications on controversial subjects in front of a live audience. Once the minute is up, the audience can then fire questions and challenge the position in order to knock them off their perch. The positions included:

  • women are the backbone of society
  • women complain too much
  • women need a natural confidence
  • the days when women were treated unequally are over
  • gender roles are useful in society

In addition, the University's Menopause Network ran a Pelvic Floor Health session with Dr Yvonne Coldron, a physiotherapist specialising in women's health.

Feedback

From the Women and Power workshop:

"I really want to thank you for organising such a brilliant event yesterday. It was really inspiring, interesting and at times, very funny: everything you want from an event such as this!" (participant)

Further information

Learn more about International Women’s Day.

Contact Sarah Goler Solecki to find out more about this or other Athena SWAN events at the University of Hertfordshire.