Women

Hello and welcome to the page for women and non-binary people of Queens’! It has been curated by me, Alex Ajioka, your Women’s Representative Officer.

Page Contents

  • CUSU Women’s Campaign + CUSU Women’s Forum
  • Women + Feminism in Queens’
  • Student Politics
  • About Me
  • Notable Queens’ Alumnae
  • Useful Links
  • Facebook Groups

In 2014, the JCR voted on the creation of my role as they felt women and non-binary students needed and deserved better representation.

CUSU Women’s Campaign + CUSU Women’s Forum

The CUSU Women’s Campaign (WomCam) are the main representative body for students of the University of Cambridge, and also are well established as an autonomous campaigning body in Cambridge as a wider city. My main job is to represent to the women of Queens’ to the wider university, specifically at the CUSU women’s forum, something that any woman or non-binary person is able to attend and a place where the various university wide CUSU campaigns are discussed.

I am also responsible for representing the WomCam campaigns and projects to Queens’ and ensuring that the women of Queens’ are aware of the various events, film screenings, discussion groups and panels the campaigns run, what they are and how they can get involved with them or support them. Campaigns are run by CUSU WomCam within the overall Women’s Campaign, and rotate regularly. Projects like Breaking the Silence and Reclaim the Night are ongoing campaigns. For more information: http://www.womens.cusu.cam.ac.uk/

It is worth knowing CUSU Women’s Campaign is managed by one key individual each year and for 2018/2019 it is Claire Sosienki Smith (her pronouns are she/her, and you can email her at womens@cusu.cam.ac.uk if there’s anything you wish to know more about or get involved with). Each executive officer is supported by a team, and in the case of WomCam, there is a BME representative, LGBT+ representative, international representative, non-binary representative, and open portfolio campaigners, amongst other important roles within WomCam. These are other important members who can help you at if you’re facing a more specific issue.

Women + Feminism in Queens’

During my term, I will be working to bring feminism and equality to Queens’ in a number of ways, principally through events held by the Queens’ Feminist Society (Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/472102002807880/). Key events include the annual Women’s Dinner and the Feminist Society Garden Party in June. These events are focused around celebrating the women of Queens’ who we’ve only been admitting since 1980, and forging a sense of solidarity amongst our students.

Feel free to come and talk to me if there is anything you feel is unfair relating to gender disparities and prejudices in Queens’, particularly those that you’d like to change or see become more equal. I am always open to talking about your own issues or those affecting you in the University and in your department as well. You shouldn’t feel underrepresented or discriminated against in any way in your time here and I hope my role will help to ensure that doesn’t happen. I am here for you as fellow peers to help in any way I can, and so if you have any issues relating to gender issues anywhere in the university, don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can email me at  jcr-womens-rep@queens.cam.ac.uk

Student Politics

The nature of this role is fairly political, and so I also get involved in other student political campaigns as well. As your Women’s Representative Officer, I aim to make sure that the voice of every woman is heard, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, class and all other aspects of identity (this is an intersectional feminist approach). Therefore, I hope to make sure that the views and opinions of women at Queens’ are represented in other critical matters, from the Divestment campaign {https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13787} to the recent UCU staff strikes over pensions {https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-students-ucu-strike-march-14324997} , to rising rent costs throughout the city {https://www.facebook.com/cambridgectr/}. If you have any questions about political campaigns throughout the university, just message me on Facebook or email me, or catch me during my open Q&A time (Saturdays at 4PM). On a similar note, if you want to go to any events but are nervous about going alone, drop me a message and I, or someone I know who is going to the event, will join you.

About Me

I am a 3rd year HSPS student, and as well as being a vocal feminist, I am also a member of the BME and LGBTQ+ communities. I will be continuing with existing schemes, like feminist society meetings and working on consent workshops, as well as introducing new ideas. These include a collaborative introductory feminist reading list (published soon), open hours for general questions, getting STEM students involved, and raising ecological issues in feminist activities.

Notable Queens’ Alumnae

Emily Maitlis – newsreader / journalist (newsnight; BBC News); studied English. Born 1970

Liz Kendall – Labour Party frontbench Politician (MP for Leicester West and Shadow Minister for Care and Older People); studied History. Born 1971

Elizabeth Day – author (Scissors Paper Stone; Home Fires) / journalist (The Observer); studied History. Born 1978

Lucy Caldwell – novelist (Where They Were Missed; The Meeting Point; All the Beggars Riding)/ playwright (Leaves; Guardians); Studied English. Born 1981

Hannah MurraySkins (Cassie) and Game of Thrones (Gilly) actress; studied English. Born 1989

Fiona Hughes – Team GB Olympic Cross Country Skiier (debut: Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games); studying Engineering. Born 1990

Useful Links

  • B-eat – offers support to those living with eating disorders and those that wish to support them

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/

  • Cambridge Rape Crisis – offers support to those who’ve suffered sexual abuse and rape

http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk/

  • WiSETI – the university’s initiative to support Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/equality/wiseti/

  • Gender Agenda – a termly magazine/zine about gender, sexuality and feminism

http://www.gender-agenda.org.uk/about/

  • University of Cambridge Center for Gender Studies – looking at gender from an academic perspective

http://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/

A central list of links from CUSU:

http://www.womens.cusu.cam.ac.uk/resources/links/

Facebook groups

Queens’ (and friends) Feminist Society – https://www.facebook.com/groups/472102002807880/

Newnham Feminist Society – https://www.facebook.com/newnhamfemsoc/

King’s Feminist Society – https://www.facebook.com/kingsfemsoc/?ref=br_rs

FLY – https://www.facebook.com/groups/359049374186552/

The Gender and Feminist Society of the University of Cambridge – https://www.facebook.com/groups/325166884293510/

Cambridge Feminist Society – https://www.facebook.com/groups/138086784716/

National Feminist Student Supergroup UK – https://www.facebook.com/groups/nafsuk/