March 8 is International Women’s Day, or Frauen*kampftag in Germany, which, for the unacquainted (welcome out from under your rock), is a day to commemorate the fight for women’s rights, and to celebrate how far we’ve come. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, in response to recent movements in journalism to fight for equality, like the […]
Celebrate the power of all things femme for International Women’s Day (8th March) with The Wordrobe’s pick of the best talks, tipples and treats
The audience were wearing rather unusual choices for the theatre; walking boots, wellies, coats and one man wore a bobble hat and scarf, throughout the show. This was because of the snow, the audience had battled through; a respectable audience given the adverse weather conditions. On a day when schools were closed, Meadowhall was closed and John Lewis closed at 4pm; the message on the theatres automated telephone message was ‘The show will go on!’ The audience of Chicken Soup will be pleased they made it to the show because it was very enjoyable.
The play, starts in 1984, two days after Orgreave. It is centred round three women, who are running a soup kitchen, near the pit heads of Rotherham (adjacent town to Sheffield). In 1984, I was 2 years old. One of the characters is pregnant; with a daughter. As I was 2 years old, at the time of Orgreave, I have had to check wilpedia … it said:
The Battle of Orgreave was a violent confrontation on 18 June 1984 between police and pickets at a British Steel Corporation (BSC) coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire. It was a pivotal event in the 1984–85 UK miners’ strike, and one of the most violent clashes in British industrial history
The set is the typical kitchen, of a English village hall, with a serving hatch through to the main hall. The cupboards are a 70’s peach colour. There is then a set change and the cupboard doors are replaced by white doors. ….It is 2002. The hall is being set up for a party to celebrate the Queen’s golden jubilee. The daughter, of the pregnant lady in the first act , now features in the play; she is 17 years old. The daughter wears the typical fashion, of the year; cargo pants and a string vest top, she has a nokia 3210 which she plays snakes on. I was 19years old in 2002,I had a nokia 3210 and I saw the Queen as part of her jubilee, tour around the UK.
After 1 hour and 30minutes, the interval is reached. Chicken soup (or vegetable) is provided as substance for the second half. The idea of the serving of the chicken soup, is to emulate the experience of queuing up at a soup kitchen to receive charity of free soup when you are struggling for money due to not earning whilst being on strike.
After the interval it is 2016; the day of the Brexit vote. The ladies reminece, about how back in 1984 (act 1), they were recording Dynasty on video tape and you had to remember to set it up to record or otherwise you missed out; but now you can buy the box set of Dynasty or stream it from sky. The daughter who is now in her 30s, like myself on the day of the vote; has voted remain. One of her mum’s friends have voted to leave; there is passionate arguments. Throughout the play there is arguments, warmth, laughter and sadness which is portrayed to a high standard by the actresses. The attention to detail gives the play authenticity; from the changing fashions, down to the C&A carrier bag, in the first act, to the clock on the wall changing in each act to the Marks and Spencer cakes for the jubilee party (they lady who was pregnant in 1984 is now a busy career lady; she buys cakes from Marks and Spencer’s as she does not have time to bake, unlike in 1984 when she was a housewife).
It is amazing seeing the context of what has changed within my lifetime; from video tapes to sky series linking, from being a toddler to voting in a referendum and from landlines through nokia 3210 to I phone.
Even more more has changed for Women in the last 100years. This year it is 100years, since the first women were allowed to vote in England. This year, there is a number of events at Sheffield Museums, connected to women being allowed to vote and protests.
Thursday 8th March is International Women’s day.; there is a number of events taking place in Sheffield to mark International women’s day over the next couple of weeks.
In the next couple of weeks there are lots of events in Sheffield to mark international Women’s day on Thursday 8th Mar2018. I have found all the following, just with a quick google search.
There is a festival called Shefestival with lots of events. Saturday of 10th march there is a packed schedule of events in Sheffield city centre. Then Sunday 11th it is Mother’s day.
For those concerned about discrimination against men, just to note that International men’s date does exist ; it is monday 19th November 2018.
by Claudia Downs, Mar 01, 2018
The 8th March is International Women’s Day 2018, a day to celebrate the achievements of women, commemorate the women’s rights movement, and to encourage further positive change. Sheffield is hosting all kinds of fun events to mark the occasion – here are a few well worth checking out!
Fruit n Juice International Women’s Day Party @ The Harley – Thursday 8th March
This Garden of Eden themed party promises “immersive decor, a fabulous lineup of women DJs, drag performances and more” in a safe, inclusive environment. The University of Sheffield Feminist Society (FemSoc) will also be holding a social to the event.
Tickets available here.
International Women’s Day Celebration @ The Audacious Art Experiment
Saturday 10th March
With proceeds going to the Young Women’s Housing Project, this BYOB event at the quirky Audacious Art Experiment features a host of Northern female-fronted talent. Head down to see Beth Robinson, founding member of Sheffield folk group Jupiter in Jars, Mayshe-Mayshe, creator of “dreamlike electronic pop”, noise-pop punk band Duck and the highly acclaimed post-punk trio LIINES. A donation of £5 is suggested on entry.
Bungalows International Women’s Day Party @ Bungalows and Bears – Thursday 8th March
Bungalows and Bears will be hosting “indie glitter” band The Seamonsters, who have recently played with The Orielles and Kate Nash. Supporting are female-fronted local band Heavy Lids with their shoegazey dream pop sound. There’ll also be stalls from local creatives such as GIRL GANG Sheffield, and DJ Tino will provide R&B anthems till late. And to top it all off, it’s free entry too!
Women of the Seven Hills @ Yellow Arch Studios -Thursday 8th March
The iconic Yellow Arch Studios will be hosting a night to showcase female talent in Sheffield, with a fantastic lineup including Before Breakfast, launching their new EP, Julia Waldron, From a Window, Emily Jane Stancer and more.
Hope Works X No Bounds – Helena Hauff, Errorsmith, Peder Mannerfelt – Friday 9th March
Although not officially an International Women’s Day event, it’s set to be a night of serious talent. Headlining is Helena Hauff, Crack Magazine’s Most Exciting DJ of 2017. Her “distinct flair for analogue pad driven synths, layered with moody rugged basslines and a dash of 808 hi hats for good measure, leave both techno and EBM crowds dancing till the early morning.” Joining her are Errorsmith, Peder Mannerfelt, Lo Shea, Shyboi and more.
SheFest – 5th-11th March
SheFest will be holding events all around the city for the week surrounding International Womens’ Day, including a huge variety of talks, collaborations and screenings. There’s a women’s history walking tour, a Black Glamour art exhibition, and even an introduction to website building with Squarespace amongst a myriad of other female-focused cultural events.
Hidden Figures @ Film Unit, University of Sheffield Students’ Union – Wednesday 7th March
Hosted by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, this free screening of Hidden Figures, raising money for the Together Women Project (TWP), and Women in Construction and Technology (WiCAT). Before the film will contributions from Blomfield, Celeste Jones (Sheffield SU Women’s Officer 2017-18) and Pat Pepper from Unite the Union.
Thursday 8th March, 18:00 – 20:00 – International Women’s Day event
Join us at the Google Digital Garage in Sheffield for International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. We will kick off the event with our #iamremarkable workshop followed by networking, guest speakers and of course, pizza!
Ladies Wine and Design
Thu 8 March 2018
19:00 – 22:00 GMT
Sheffield Institute of Arts: Post Hall Café
Ladies, Wine Design was started by Jessica Walsh after writing this article as an initiative to foster female creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. In less than a year of launching, LWD has spread to chapters in over 120 cities all over the world.
Join us, on Thursday 8th March at The Post Hall Cafe, to celebrate 1 year of Ladies, Wine & Design: Sheffield and International Women’s Day.
With spectacular speakers:
It is not a date to miss!
We’ve very inclusive and will welcome with open arms anyone who is working or interested in working in the design industry.
Ladies and babies welcome!
International Women’s Day2018 – Health and Well-being
Thu 15 March 2018
15:30 – 18:30 GMT
Event has been organised by the women of BOBSEvents to educate women about the importance of alternative lifestyle and changing their diet and exercising.
ShipShape Sheffield will be at this event offering free advise regarding weight and dietary needs. Lush will be with us offering free skin consultation, hand or arm massage and giving away freebies. Nuffield Health Centre will be offering a one week free trial at the Health Centre and lots more……..
Come down and see what else we have to offer 3 hours of health, fitness and alternative eating advice.