Member Spotlight

Sarah

Why I joined this group

I attended a national conference of Fawcett and met amazing people, a few months after the conference I realised that the best way for me to really make a change was to join a group and roll up my sleeves with like-minded people! I have only ever lived and worked in East London so East London Fawcett was the most obvious place to start; 2 years later I am the proud coordinator of an active and growing group! 😊

Something you should know about me

I am french and moved to the UK 6 years ago, my accent is still very much giving it away! I love cheese and I used to eat 2 camemberts a week my first year in the UK... I must have been homesick! πŸ§€πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

I am learning how to sew and hoping to finish a bomber jacket very soon; I also play tag rugby and love reading!

Someone I admire

✊ I recently read 'Lead from the outside' by Stacey Abrams and was blown away by her story as well as the clarity with which she depicts her challenges and the way she is overcoming then; her humility and strenth are truly inspiring to me.

Recos

πŸ“šOther than Stacey Abrams' book; I have recently read a few fascinating books

Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone & Lisa See, The Island of Sea Women are my favourite so far this year

πŸ“½ Otherwise I have watched the last season of Line of duty (obvs!), an amazing documentary on Nina Simone (What happened, Miss Simone?) & a great movie 'Promising young Women' with Carey Mulligan

Shobaa

Why I joined this group

I grew up as a minority in Singapore, work in largely male-dominated organisations and have lived in many countries. As someone who's default seems to be "outsider", inclusivity and diversity are practices I not just care for but depend on. I was looking to contribute in these areas and I chanced upon a meeting invite for the East London Fawcett group. At my first meeting, Angie asked for volunteers for an Equal Pay event and I have been hooked since.

Something you should know about me

πŸ“Ί I LOVE the Real Housewives franchise - RHONY, RHOBH, RHOA. If you need to google these acronyms, pls don't. You will not be pleased. (Anyone else who is a secret fan, give me a shout. I will organise tea ;)

Someone I admire

I admire Gina Martin. I admire her tenacity and her courage to fight upskirting which resulted in the Voyeurism Act 2019.

Recos

Highgate Cemetery! Do yourself a favour and book a tour. It's a fascinating insight into human ego and ideas about what exactly death is.

πŸ“š I'm also reading Martin Luther King Jr's A Gift of Love, a collection of some of his higher profile sermons. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm finding it quite a refreshing, hopeful read with such a clear call for action against the evils of racism, poverty, class, etc - all the struggles that are currently still being fought.

Sofia

Why I joined this group

I joined the group in 2018 I believe. I wanted to be part of a meaningful group of people who care about the same issues I do, and that is inclusive. I've been fortunate to have been part of some great events organised by the group and use my time as a volunteer in a meaningful way. Plus everyone is nice and fun!

Something you should know about me

πŸ€” There are a few things. For example, I travelled through Asia for 4 months, best trip of my life! Got to meet wonderful people, great experiences, go beyond my own boundaries and learn about myself and the world. I love Japan and the Japanese culture, so being there for 3 weeks was a dream come true! πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

Recos

πŸ“š Happy fat, by Sofie Hagen, a comedian, sharing her personal story on her body issues and her journey in learning how to love herself. It's important to put the value on our minds, personality and being healthy instead of having a tight gap! Sofie is very funny and it's also a good summer read.