Here at GA, we’ve had a busy month. You may feel that we say this every month but believe us, HQ is buzzing with new and exciting stuff that we’re working on for 2018 and beyond.
ARE YOU ALL CAUGHT UP ON THE BLOG?
We’ve uploaded a load of new stuff on our blog last month. Alice has been working hard on the book club (more on that later), she also wrote a piece on a great Anteros show she went to. Our rep Conor reviewed Rae Morris’ album, ‘Someone Out There’ and gave it full praise. A beautiful piece of art is up on our blog by Edith Gervin featuring Ellie Roswell, Alana Haim, Dua Lipa and Becky Blomfield. Our rep Megan wrote a great piece on the importance of intersectional feminism and its relation to Rose McGowan’s transphobic comments. Our rep Ellen Peirson-Hagger wrote her monthly piece about what we should be reading this month. It includes really important articles from many different outlets and she gives us a great soundcloud link to the amazing Ruby Tandoh on Dolly Alderton’s podcast.
DREAM NAILS x GIRLS TO THE FRONT
Meet Dream Nails new initiative. Their flyer explains it so well but we love it because it is empowering. We and they want girls to have a safe time but also more importantly, to have a good time. Their bandcamp link is here.
They’re amazing girls and deserve every bit of success. More information can be found on their twitter @yourdreamnails.
‘The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same that that she is caught in the tripartite of crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.’
This month at the Girls Against Book Club we have been reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. This autobiography is heartbreaking and genuinely shocking. It’s hard to believe that the events of the first 17 years of Angelou’s life really took place and harrowing to hear her describe them first-hand. But the fact that this incredible woman has been through so much really just makes the things she achieved in this part of her life and later on even more incredible and admirable. The quote I’ve included above taken from the text summarizes the events of it in many ways. You can read more of my views on the book by scrolling down to read the full post.
During March we will be reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The novel follows the story of three Nigerian teenagers who, as they grow up, follow different paths, with one moving to America, one to London and the final remaining in Nigeria. I’d love it if you joined us in reading it and if you do be sure to join our GoodReads group (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/230714-girls-against-book-club) to keep up to date and contribute to the discussion of this text! The next book club post discussing this novel will go up on Sunday 1st April.
We’re starting a film club! The club is in the works, a post about it will be up on our blog shortly. We hope this is something you can get involved in and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss your views on the films we choose each month. They will either all have female leads or LGBT leads and all themes in the films chosen will be relevant to our campaign (feminism, fighting homophobia, transphobia etc.) If you have any film suggestions, tweet us!
Thank you for your continued support, any questions send them to our suggestions/ask page on our blog! There is a newsletter email to if your enquiry is more newsletter focused! firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributors for February: Alice @aliceporterX, Dream Nails band @yourdreamnails
Editor: Ellen, @ellcharlotte