Launch of the Queen’s Women’s Network
It was nearly 40 years ago, in 1979, that women were admitted to Queen’s. Queenswomen from all four decades have joined with the College to create a series of events and initiatives throughout 2018 - 2020 to mark and celebrate this 40th anniversary. One of the initiatives is The Queen’s Women’s Network. This Network, which is open to all Old Members, aims to celebrate success, promote equality and inclusion, and champion change.
On International Women’s Day 2018, The Queen’s Women’s Network was launched at the beautiful, recently refurbished JOSEPH store in West London. The sold-out event was attended by 100 women from undergraduates to vastly experienced professionals, all of whom shared their enthusiasm and ideas for the Network. Alison Sanders spoke about her experiences as one of the first 15 women to join the College in 1979. Her humorous reflections and uplifting talk opened our eyes to the many great achievements of that pioneer year, and those that have followed.
Our guest speaker was the inspirational, Mia Forbes Pirie. In her compelling talk, Mia spoke about the constancy of change and how building solid foundations – both individual and collective - can help us to greet change. Mia spoke knowledgeably about the contribution of diversity, the value in walking towards prejudice and of operating in a world designed by men. Mia also emphasised the importance of asking for help and of supporting one another. Mia’s talk has given us all much to think about, and to do.
One of the attractions of the evening was the opportunity to meet women from a variety of sectors - including law, finance, banking, medicine, tech and teaching – and those not currently working, all at very different stages in their careers. Future Network events will create opportunities to take advantage of this great diversity of experience through e.g. speed networking, and other directed events as well as hearing from interesting speakers. This launch event was made possible thanks to the generosity of JOSEPH, the international fashion house. Our thanks also go to Old Member Catherine Palmer, Legal Director at JOSEPH.
If you could host an event in your region (not all will be this big), have ideas for events or speakers, or are otherwise interested in becoming involved in the Network please have a look at the Queen’s Women’s Network site at : https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/Queenswomensnetwork.
Anna Howard, Modern Languages (1995)
See more photographs from the evening here.