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This Monday was International Women’s Day. We celebrate women’s achievements every IMG_0012day at Hillcroft College but this is an annual occasion when we can highlight women who inspire us and draw attention to gender inequalities. Names that have been put forward this week for special mention are: Anne Frank, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hildegard of Bingen. The Open University have created an interactive map showing world-changing women because women are not as visible in history. In the LRC are resources that give voices to women whose lives are remarkable in ways that wouldn’t normally make the history books or be given screen time.

Here are our top 5 resources for finding out more about women’s experiences and strength against opposition and/or oppression:

  1. ‘If you knew me you would care’ by Zainab Salbi and photographs by Rennio Maifredi. (Pictured)
  2. ‘Everyday sexism’ by Laura Bates.
  3. ‘Laughing all the way to the mosque’ by Zarqa Nawaz.
  4. ‘A Passion for Birth’ by Sheila Kitzinger.
  5. ‘The Gold Diggers’ directed by Sally Potter.

 

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LGBT History Month folder 16The LRC team along with our Welfare Officer have been busy this month in raising awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. If you haven’t been in the LRC recently we’ve put up a display with colourful folder dividers and book covers. Please take a divider and add it to a folder and devote just a page to LGBT articles. We’ve picked out the best LGBT authors along with fiction, biographies and DVDs. The key point is that it is vital to renew our support for minority groups through action, education and compassion. Libraries can help raise awareness through access to a range of resources on as many different topics as there are people.

Find out more on our Sway webpage with videos, links to useful websites and audio resources.

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Transgender DVDsOn 23 November there was an article in The Guardian Benedict Cumberpatch taking on the satirical role of androgenous model All in the film Zoolander 2. This has resulted in many people boycotting the film as being transphobic based on the trailer.

If you’d like to explore more about trans/gender issues here is a taster from our selection of DVDs and books:

Albert Nobbs – Director Rodrigo Garcia

Tomboy – Director Céline Sciamma

All About My Mother – director Pedro Almodóvar

The No Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity – Vanessa Baird

Watch out for the DVD release of Tangerine about trans people of colour which was out on general release in the UK in November. It was shot on an iPhone.

 

 


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The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched five films from the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender film festival Flare onto its BFI Player for you to watch for free. The five films look at the theme of love as a basic human right. The British Council is also promoting the films globally in countries like China, India, Ukraine, Poland and Israel.

The festival runs over 10 days starting on 19 March 2015. Each of the films will be available each day on the BFI Player. Wednesday 25 March is a ‘fivefilms4 freedom’ day dedicated to everyone using social media to view the films at the same time. The films are:

Chance –  two older men  finding love after meeting accidentally in a park
Code Academy – a girl takes on the persona of a boy in cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams
Morning is Broken – coming of age story in rural England
True Wheel – documentary about a bicycle workshop for the city’s gay, transgender and women’s communities in Detroit
An Afternoon – a teenage boy summons up the confidence to tell another boy how he feels about him.

Tuesday 25 November’s Guardian has an interesting article Woolf is for Women – and Mailer’s for Men? How Readers Favour Authors of Own Gender on research done by the website Good Reads about their readers reading habits. The survey found most women and men on their website read fiction where the author matches their gender. Any surprise to you?

However mostly their readers didn’t make a choice to read a male or female author from the start but just chose a book according to how interesting it seemed them.

Good Reads was inspired to run the survey having followed the Twitter campaign #Readwomen encouraging people to read books by female authors. This year a Twitter group @Readwomen2014 has been dedicated to getting female authors’ output read.

Today there’s a chance for libraries to register as a giver for World Book Night 2015. We’ll be selecting the books which we’d like to give out and you can view them on their website too. It’s your chance to be a volunteer and give out books. Plus if you register as a volunteer you can give out books you own that you want to give away free yourself. You will need to register by 30 January 2015.

 

 

 


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