The For Choice Project

Keen readers of The Bandwagon blog may have noticed that a new feature has been added. The For Choice Project aims to give people who have experienced abortion a place to tell their story, giving them a voice in a world that doesn't want to listen. The For Choice Project is broken down into the following [...]

Long-overdue sex and relationships education must be inclusive and funded

The Women’s Equality Party welcomed the Government’s announcement today on compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE), but cautioned that giving schools flexibility should not provide a loophole for institutions to avoid teaching children about LGBT+ relationships. The party also called for a curriculum that understood and responded to the different experiences of girls and boys [...]

Feminist February: A Recap

During the month of February, I decided to join in with Ellen Orange's brilliant idea of reading feminist books. I made my own to-read list, and also some recommendations of fabulous feminist books I'd already read. What makes a book "feminist"? I believe that feminism is a very personal thing. For me, it's not just about [...]

Keeping Abortion On The NHS

You may have heard of the petition for removing abortions from the NHS. Emanuel Ngochinya doesn't believe that women should be able to access safe, legal, and free abortions through our National Health Service, regardless of whether we pay into it or not. Emanuel, sadly, lives about fifteen minutes from me. His face and vile words [...]

Feminist February: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As part of Feminist February, I'm reading some selected texts that focus on feminism, whether that's an obvious feminist text, or fiction depicting women as we are. You can read all about my selections here. I downloaded a copy of We Should All Be Feminists by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and devoured it within half an hour. [...]

Music To Smash The Patriarchy To

I don't know about you, but I love starting my day with some good old-fashioned patriarchy smashing. I've got a playlist named Riot Grrrl that actually just contains music by female artists, from No Doubt to L7 to Hole, that make me feel powerful. Glass Ceiling - Metric The glass ceiling is, of course, "an [...]

Feminist February: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin was my first book for the Feminist February reading challenge. I chose The Awakening because it was first published in 1899, and apparently caused a scandal with its descriptions of female infidelity. (It's also free on Kindle!) When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment [...]

Feminist February

Ellen Orange over at See Orange has proposed a reading challenge: Feminist February. Never one to back down from a challenge, particularly one that revolves around books, I thought I'd join in. As a fellow UK citizen, I too feel helpless in the face of the hatred coming out of the US. Trump & his [...]

Strike 4 Repeal: March 8th 2017

Join your Irish sisters on March 8th 2017 to fight for women's reproductive rights. Abortion is illegal in Ireland, thanks to a clause in the Irish Constitution known as the Eighth Amendment. It deems that life begins at fertilisation, and a foetus is granted the same rights as a woman. Fuck. That. Noise. The Bandwagon [...]

Women’s March On London: 21st January 2017

On Saturday 21st January, women from all over the world are marching. The Women's Equality Party (WEP) will be leading the march on London, encouraging people of all genders and backgrounds to come together and fight misogyny. After Donald Trump was elected to become the next President of the US, women met online and discussed [...]