Women’s History Month: The Launch

Posted 1 March 2021
Evie launches Women's History Month 2021
Evie launches Women's History Month 2021

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of women across history.


This year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’.

We can challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about what it means to be a woman, and what women are capable of.

We can challenge and call out misogyny.

As women, we can challenge ourselves, to believe in ourselves and to put ourselves of our comfort zone.


One of the most important things that we need to challenge, is the restricted notion that Women’s History Month can only celebrate certain women. We need to celebrate all women regardless of their ethnicity, whether they are transgender or cisgender, have a disability and many other factors.


The University of Hull and Hull University Students’ Union (HUSU) will be producing content and events across the month to celebrate Women’s History Month.


We want to make it clear that whilst this is Women’s History Month, at HUSU we don’t believe in confining the liberation of women to a singular month. We’re launching campaigns focusing on women’s safety and empowerment, including #This Ends Now and One Hull of a Woman. You can find more information on this in upcoming blogs, and in the ‘Call Us Out’ blog series.


So what’s happening across Women’s History Month?


Week 1 (w/c 1st March)


Tuesday 2nd March


The #ThisEndsNow Campaign against sexual violence will be launched with a blog explaining the campaign, led by Evie (President of Inclusivity and Diversity). This campaign is long term, and will span long beyond March and campaign for real change for survivors of sexual assault. There will be the opportunity to sign a pledge to stand with survivors of sexual assault. Consent training will also be made available to all students very soon!


 Thursday 4th March

The Faculty of Health Sciences in the University will be hosting two guests to speak.



Simone Magill: “My life in football”, 14:00-15:00

The Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science are excited to welcome Simone Magill, who plays for Everton Women Football Club and has more than 50 caps for Northern Ireland. In her talk, she will discuss pursuing her professional football career alongside her PhD research in Sports Sciences.


Click to here to join the meeting


Nicki Credland: "Tales from the Nightingale  -  Setting up an education programme in 5 days"15:15-16:15

We are also excited to hear from Dr Nicki Credland, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department Paramedical, Peri-Operative and Advanced Practice at Hull. Recently, Nicki has led the Critical Care Nurse Educator at the temporary Yorkshire’s Nightingale Hospital, which she will be highlighting in her talk.


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Week 2 (w/c 8th March)


Monday 8th March (International Women’s Day)

Evie (President of Inclusivity and Diversity) and Phoebe (President of the Students’ Union) will be releasing a video called ‘what not to say to women’ around busting stereotypes and misconceptions.



Student Futures will also be holding a webinar ‘Inspired in Hull on International Women’s Day: A Recipe for Global Success’, featuring alumni Claire Barham. Join them on International Women’s Day for an ‘in conversation’ with Unilever’s Global Head of Strategy and Transformation Claire Barham (English Language and Literature, 1995).


When she’s not making strategic decisions or directing transformation at a world-leading multi-national organisations, Claire is teaching cookery at her Green Apron Cookery School which she set up, fulfilling what had been a dream of hers for many years.


Claire will be joining Student Futures for an in conversation style event with University of Hull academic Dr Claire Hookam and we’re very much looking forward to an engaging and informal discussion ranging across Claire’s many interests, experiences and ideas. 


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Thursday 11th March

From 15.30-16.30, Evie and Lizzie (HUSU Societies and Give it a Go Co-ordinator) will be hosting a Women’s History Quiz! There will be a prize available for the winner.

Click to here to book your place.




Week 3 (w/c 15th March)


Monday 15th March

Evie will be releasing a blog about the issues that women face, and tips on men wanting to be better allies to women.


Thursday 18th February

Evie will be releasing content from Claire Birkenshaw from her visit to Hull as part of ‘Inspired in Hull’. Claire is in an inspirational alumni of Hull, who transitioned as a transgender woman whilst in a primary teaching post in Hull. She has a lecture theatre named after her on campus.




Week 4 (w/c 22nd March)

This week, Sian (President of Sport) and Jenny (Representative for women in sports) will be releasing a video about ‘what not to say to sportswomen’ tackling common stereotypes and misconceptions about what it means to be a woman in sport.


Phoebe and Evie will also be releasing a blog, launching the ‘Hull of a Woman’ Campaign. This is a campaign to empower and celebrate women.




Week 5 (w/c 29th March)



Tuesday 30th March

Evie will release a pre-recorded Women’s Panel, featuring on the theme of Women in Leadership. It features CEO of HUSU, Jane Stafford and Members of Parliament, Diana Johnson and Emma Hardy. It also includes senior members of University staff, Anji Gardiner (Head of Student Services), Ali Craig (Head of the library) and Becky Huxley-Binns (Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education).


Wednesday 31st March

For the last day of Women’s History Month, Evie will release a blog with a round up of what has happened across the month.





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If you want to get involved or to find out more, email me at [email protected]

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