NUSU to host Inspiring Women Conference

This Saturday, NUSU are hosting their annual Inspiring Women Conference in the Students’ Union. The event seeks to celebrate the achievements of inspiring women from Newcastle and beyond, and to empower others to follow in their footsteps. The theme is ‘100 years of celebration’, honouring 100 years of women’s suffrage The conference will consist of […]

Isabel Sykes
28th February 2018
Last year’s conference was attended by high-profile guest speakers. Image: Rebecca D’Andrea

This Saturday, NUSU are hosting their annual Inspiring Women Conference in the Students’ Union. The event seeks to celebrate the achievements of inspiring women from Newcastle and beyond, and to empower others to follow in their footsteps.

The theme is ‘100 years of celebration’, honouring 100 years of women’s suffrage

The conference will consist of talks, an open discussion, and various workshops and sessions which this year centre on the theme ‘100 years of celebration’, honouring 100 years of women’s suffrage.

The day aims to celebrate the achievements already made by the movement as well as consider how people can continue to progress and work for equality.

Writer, journalist, and broadcaster Rebecca Reid is the keynote speaker for the evening, and will talk about issues surrounding gender in the press.Her talk will look at how women can get into a career in media, some of the problems women experience within that environment, and why women in media have the power to affect change.

Chi Onwurah, an MP representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science and Innovation, will also be speaking at the conference.

Professor Karen Ross is scheduled to give a talk on female politicians and their relationship with mainstream media

Professor Karen Ross is scheduled to give a talk focusing on gender, politics and news. In particular she will discuss female politicians and their relationship with mainstream media.

Helen Kelly, from Ernst and Young, will lead a workshop entitled ‘You and Your Strengths’, instructing people on how to on play to their strengths when job hunting.

The event, which runs from 10am until 4pm, will end with an open discussion focusing on the question ‘How can women progress in a world of double standards?’

Last year’s Inspiring Women Conference was very well attended and this year looks set to be similarly successful, with over 120 people ‘interested’ in the Facebook event page.

The event is open to anyone and tickets are free, with a free lunch also included. Students can register for a space at the conference by filling out a short form on NUSU’s website, a link for which is also provided on the Facebook event page.

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