OWN newsletter

The OWN newsletter is published every two weeks during term time and once a month during vacation. It is a compilation of events, news and achievements relating to gender equality and women at Oxford.

OWN newsletter, Tuesday 8 November

If you have items that you would like to include in future issues, or to subscribe (Oxford email addresses only), please email: gender.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk. The next issue will be circulated on 23 November.


codebar Oxford workshop

codebar is a non-profit initiative that organises free coding workshops for members of minority groups in tech. Local developers volunteer to come along and teach students using set tutorials on the codebar website. Students of all levels are welcome, free food is available! Sign up for future workshop invitations here and for the workshop itself here.

Date: Wednesday 9 November

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Oxford Hackspace, Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road

Hillary Clinton Killed Feminism? Gender, Leadership and the New Hampshire Primary, Dr Matt Hurley, Oxford Brookes University

Presented by the International Gender Studies Centre, this seminar is one in a weekly series on the theme of ‘Gender and Leadership in a Volatile World’. For details of other talks in the series click here.

Date: Thursday 27 October

Time: 2.00-3.30pm

Venue: Talbot Hall and Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall

Sophie Labelle

Sophie will be talking about activism through art and how growing up Trans has influenced her art and her activism. Sophie is the creator of web comic Assigned Male. To book click here.

Date: Thursday 10 November

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Moser Theatre, Wadham College

Romanes Lecture 2016

Running since 1892, the Romanes Lecture is one of Oxford’s most prestigious and famous lecture series. The 2016 lecture, entitled ‘The Commonwealth of Nations’, will be delivered by Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. The lecture will be an examination of the Commonwealth’s distinctive contribution to such pressing issues as climate change, the countering of violent extremism and the elimination of violence against women and girls. It is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place, visit www.ox.ac.uk/romanes

Date: Monday 5 December

Time: 5.45pm

Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Women at Oxford

Oxford University historian Professor Lyndal Roper has received this year’s Gerda Henkel Prize, worth €100,000, for her studies of the Early Modern period.


Call for participants: Soapbox Art & Science project

Soapbox Science is a grassroots science event that brings science to the masses, and tackles inequality issues in science. Female scientists stand on soapboxes on busy urban streets and chat with the public about their work. Its new Art & Science events will match scientists with an artist (from a variety of disciplines), who will work with them in the run up to the event to produce a new, innovative and engaging way to help communicate their science.

The project is looking for female scientists in all areas of science, from PhD students to Professors, and from entry-level researchers to entrepreneurs, to take part in this cutting-edge project. You can apply together with an artist or the project can match you with a local artist with similar interests. You will need to be available for a workshop in January (date TBC) as well as one afternoon at the festival you choose to participate in. The Oxford event will be in July 2017. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 November.

Articles and resources

Women in Oxford’s History

A new podcast series, ‘Women in Oxford’s History’ (WiOH), has been developed by two doctoral students at Oxford University, Olivia Robinson of the History Faculty and Alison Moulds of the English Faculty, and funded by the University’s AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund. The history of Oxford is often told through the experiences of eminent men drawn from the aristocracy, the Church and academia, while the stories of ordinary women’s contributions to the city and the University remain neglected. The blue plaque scheme exists to recognise the lives of eminent people connected to the city, but less than a quarter of Oxford’s plaques commemorate women. The WiOH podcast project aims to redress this balance by highlighting the role women have played in Oxford’s history. It hopes to inspire others to investigate women’s impact on their own communities and cities. The project consists of six podcasts on women whose contributions to either ‘town or gown’ life have been overlooked. These showcase individuals whose lives are not widely known and whose names may be unfamiliar to many. These are not the Margaret Thatchers and Ada Lovelaces of the world, but are nonetheless women who have made important contributions to the city and university over the centuries.