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YEGfeminists’ First Meetup

About a month and a half ago, discouraged by an apparent lack of feminist groups in the Edmonton area, I decided to take the proverbial bull by the horns and start up one myself. I created the Facebook group YEGfeminists and sent it around to some ladies I knew might be interested. The response so far has been encouraging: 22 members and counting so far, and while that may seem small, so far it exceeds any other Edmonton-based feminist group I can find.

We had our first meetup this past Tuesday at Original Joe’s Varsity, and though only seven of us could make it the conversation and company was excellent. It was awesome to talk about feminist challenges in the workplace, feminism in pop culture, street harassment, The Ethical Slut, and the dozen other feminism-related topics that came up in person with real live people rather than just throwing out thoughts to the Internet void. Blogging about feminism has been a great outlet for me, but conversation with other feminist-identifying women is something that has been missing from my life. Big thanks to Stephanie, Kasia, Nicoel, Kathleen, and Holly for coming out!

I’ve set up a YEGfeminists Twitter account to help facilitate conversation, communication and future events. I’m also hoping to set up a blog we can use to aggregate and point to content from multiple Edmonton feminist bloggers.

The next YEGfeminists event will likely be in early August, and I’d like to have a topic or theme of the night to help encourage and initiate conversation. If anyone has ideas for topics or meetup locations, please leave a comment on this post and let me know! (A note about locations: I was messaged by a couple of under-18 feminists who couldn’t attend because of the no-minors location, so I’d definitely like the next location to be age-inclusive.)

One Comment to post “YEGfeminists’ First Meetup”

  1. Graham says:

    I’d look into the Hydeaway. It’s all ages (the bar downstairs isn’t, though), they serve food (inexpensive+good), and it’s by booking only. I dunno if they charge anything for using it, though. I think if they like your ’cause’ or it’s not for profit they’re pretty lax. Maybe if you just promise to buy some food.

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something there myself for a while now. If publunch were bigger/more regular I think I’d be trying to hold it there.