At the tail end of the 2011-2012 school year, a Women’s Studies class at Duke University initiated a project entitled “Who Needs Feminism?” geared toward enriching their university’s discussion about feminism issues. At the time, there was virtually no campus dialogue regarding feminism, but the 16-person class project quickly changed that. According to this GOOD.is article, “Armed with a camera, whiteboard, and dry-erase marker, these women were determined to bring awareness to a matter they believe is central to everyone.”
One of the main features of the Duke students’ project snapping photographs such as the one below, where students hold a mini whiteboard that reads “I need feminism because…”
Within days, the project went viral on Facebook, gaining thousands of likes (there are over 20 000 as of October 16!). Today, “Who Needs Feminism?” is spreading across the United States, but it’s also COMING TO EDMONTON. During the week of October 22-26, The Wanderer Online and Feminists at the U of A are partnering to bring “Who Needs Feminism?” to Edmonton, and we’re very excited about this!
What does this entail? Here are the ways in which you can become involved with the project:
1) Throughout the week of October 22-26, we’ll be posting a wide range of essays responding to the question of “Who Needs Feminism?” The essays can be anywhere from a few paragraphs to 1500 words. They can be terse and analytical, or written from a first-person perspective. You do NOT need to be a U of A student in order to write something for The Wanderer; however, we highly encourage you to do so if you are! We’re looking for all types of students to contribute to this project, whether you’re in Women’s Studies or Engineering, Philosophy or Chemistry. Remember, you don’t need to be an expert to write!
In terms of a due date, please send your writing in by MIDNIGHT on Saturday October 20, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll work with you on any edits necessary, and post the article during the Call to Action Week. Our advice for you? Be authentic and have fun with the writing! (Also, if you want to write anonymously, such as “Phys. Ed. student, third year,” that works as well.)
2) On Thursday October 25, we’ll have a booth set up in SUB to promote the event, where you can take a photograph with the whiteboard, stating why you need feminism. The Call to Action Week will be all about getting the word out about feminism, creating a lively discussion within the U of A and City of Edmonton.
3) During the upcoming weekend and early next week, we’ll have a specified spot where you can take your whiteboard photograph on campus with some outstanding photographers. Stay tuned for more details on this.
If you have questions, feel free to send them to email@example.com or share them in the comments box below. We can’t wait for the Call to Action Week and we look forward to your contributions!