Scarlett Curtis and Saoirse Ronan on what feminism means today

Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don't Wear Pink, and actress Saoirse Ronan spoke to students in a Dublin school about how feminism and feminists are perceived. Set against the backdrop of Repeal the 8th and #MeToo, they explore what being a feminist means in 2019 and the power that young people have in the fight for gender equality.

Resources

Age: Key Stages 3 – 5

Subject: PSHE

Topic: Feminism

The following activities give KS3-5 students the opportunity to describe what feminism is and to compare this to the stereotypes surrounding feminism, to explain why some individuals, particularly men, may be reluctant to be feminists, and to consider how they can tackle gender inequality and make a difference in their communities. The following activities can be used as standalone activities, or used together with the starter and plenary to form a complete lesson (approx. 1 hour 30 mins in total).

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is feminism?

  2. Should men be feminists?

  3. How can we act on feminist thoughts and feelings?

Activity one

Scarlett Curtis describes her ‘journey’ to becoming a feminist and how ‘real’ feminists differ from the ‘stereotypical’ feminist.

Activity two

Scarlett Curtis and Saoirse Ronan explore the misconception that men aren’t and shouldn’t be feminists.

Activity three

Scarlett Curtis and Saoirse Ronan discuss how people who believe in feminism can act on their feminist thoughts and feelings.

The full talk

  • Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)

    And Other Lies

  • The Sunday Times Bestseller
    National Book Awards Winner 2018!

    This is the must-read book that every woman needs.

    "Brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real. These essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders." - Reese Witherspoon

    We asked 52 women: what does the F word mean to you?
    The result is extraordinary.

    Curated by journalist and activist Scarlett Curtis, with incredible pieces by:

    Emma Watson - Zoe Sugg - Keira Knightley - Gemma Arterton - Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding) - Saoirse Ronan - Liv Little - Dolly Alderton - Karen Gillan - Alicia Garza - Jameela Jamil - Kat Dennings - Nimco Ali - Beanie Feldstein - Olivia Perez - Amika George - Evanna Lynch - Akilah Hughes - Tanya Burr - Grace Campbell - Alison Sudol - Elyse Fox - Charlie Craggs - Rhyannon Styles - Skai Jackson - Tasha Bishop - Lolly Adefope - Bronwen Brenner - Dr Alaa Murabit - Trisha Shetty - Jordan Hewson - Amy Trigg - Em Odesser - Emi Mahmoud - Lydia Wilson - Swati Sharma

    Warning: contains a lot of feminism and some explicit content!

    **Published in partnership with Girl Up, the UN women's foundation, royalties will benefit this amazing charity**

    More praise for Feminists Don't Wear Pink:

    "As a feminist who loves pink, I give this brilliant book of essays an enthusiastic "YES"" - Mindy Kaling

    "A refreshing and honest celebration of all that it means to be a woman today." - Fearne Cotton

    "Wonderfully candid, often funny and absolutely necessary, a triumphant rallying call to young women." - The Observer

    "Pick it up and read one story from your favourite columnist or actress, but I guarantee you'll end up reading the full, illuminating collection, and you'll possibly finish it knowing more about your own personal stance than you imagined."- Glamour.co.uk

    "This collection of essays curated by writer Scarlett Curtis is a call-to-arm that allows us to unpick what it means to be a feminist in a safe space." - Stylist.co.uk

    "We advise placing a copy in the hands of every girl (and guy) you know." - Red Magazine

    "Rousing contemporary essays" - The Observer

  • Buy the book
  • It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)

    And Other Lies

  • Last year, Scarlett Curtis and 52 inspirational women wrote an extraordinary anthology on what feminism means to them. The book went on to be a cultural phenomenon and turned the world Pink.

    This year, it's Blue.

    We are living in the middle of a mental health epidemic and we have a choice: we can either be like all generations who came before us and be floored by it - or we can start to make a difference.

    Here are the extraordinary people making that difference - Other People Don't Feel Blue (and other lies) is a collection of stories and essays from those who have suffered through the worst, and know what it's like to fight to feel better.

    This isn't just a book. It's a shout, a scream that cuts above the noise and lets everyone know they are not alone. Funny, sad, clever, relatable and important, this collection is part of the global movement that is working to dismantle the shame that surrounds mental illness. It will be a shining example power of words to make us all feel better.

    Feminists Don't Wear Pink was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and winner of the National Book Awards Winner 2018!

    "Brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real. These essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders." - Reese Witherspoon

    "As a feminist who loves pink, I give this brilliant book of essays an enthusiastic "YES"" - Mindy Kaling

    "A refreshing and honest celebration of all that it means to be a woman today." - Fearne Cotton

    "Wonderfully candid, often funny and absolutely necessary, a triumphant rallying call to young women." - The Observer

    "Pick it up and read one story from your favourite columnist or actress, but I guarantee you'll end up reading the full, illuminating collection, and you'll possibly finish it knowing more about your own personal stance than you imagined." - Glamour.co.uk

    "This collection of essays curated by writer Scarlett Curtis is a call-to-arm that allows us to unpick what it means to be a feminist in a safe space." - Stylist.co.uk

    "We advise placing a copy in the hands of every girl (and guy) you know." - Red Magazine

  • Buy the book

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