Feminism Society – Interview with President Nele Leitolf (Short version)

To read the full interview with Nele and find out even more about the Feminism Society, click here.

Describe your society in one sentence

We are fighting for equality, defending women’s rights, having fun and making friends at the same time.

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

“That’s a tough one because obviously everyone who is a member of the society has different ideas of what […] feminism is. What I want to do with the society is creating a safe space […] for people who are interested in feminism and equality, a space where their ideas can be discussed because maybe in their spaces at home, they can’t discuss those things. We as a society try to not educate people on feminism, but for example, terms like toxic masculinity or beauty standards, we are trying to have events where we explain and discuss and explore all these topics.” 

What are your plans for the future (events, activities, working with other societies/organisations/the SU)?

“We are going to try and have a lot of academic talks and have guest speakers that are not necessarily from the university, for example the women’s equality party. We also want to step away from the activism part a little bit and have more socials and get-togethers.”

What drives you personally as the president?

“I knew about feminism from quite an early age on, but I never really thought it was my thing and I was kind of intimated by the movement. Obviously, if you are not so much in the topic as I am now, you kind of think: Oh it’s cool, women can vote, women can do the job they want, they can go to university but that does not mean we have equality. I want it known to people that not only does it only seem like we have equality, but the women are still very, very disadvantaged at almost everything.”

“I am also very passionate about because I made a lot of friends last year through FemSoc which is why I think the friend-making part is so important because you are not going to be able to make a change alone whereas when you are a group you feel much more empowered.”

What do you love most about the society?

“What I love the most is that I always get super stressed out when I plan an event and then when you are at that event and people actually do turn up and people afterwards come to you and tell you how good it was, that is really, really rewarding.”

Who can join/what do your members look like?

“Everyone can join the society and I would love for everyone to join who wants to. It doesn’t matter if you have known feminism for years or if you just know the concept and are interested in it. There is absolutely no obligation to turn up to events, it is not signing a contract. You don’t even have to be a woman to join, you can be a man, you can be non-binary, you can be identifying as whatever you want, everyone is welcome.”

Is there a fee and if so, what is it used for?

“There is no fee, but we will have an email-sign-sign-up at the welcome week.”

FemSoc on Instagram: @uogfemsoc

FemSoc on Facebook: University of Greenwich Feminism Society

FemSoc on Twitter: @femsocuog

By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, part of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

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