Why start a club?
Students need safe spaces to speak about issues, including fairness, safety, equity, access and representation.
Who would join?
- All students are invited to join.
- Talk to students who may be interested
- Get the word out!
- Have students invite their friends
- Hang fliers around school
- Make announcements
Is this possible?
- Check your contract for more information
- Look at and follow the club chartering process for your district
- Do not reinvent the wheel. Determine if there are other clubs that could incorporate women’s empowerment work
- Talk to your union and administrators
- Make a clear plan
- Bring your mission statement
What should it be called?
- Come up with a name (probably the hardest part!)
- Involve all students regardless of gender or other identities
What should the club do?
- Community outreach
- Invite guest speakers to provide new perspectives and life skills
- Build character and strengthen relationship and leadership skills
- Explore issues of female representation in curriculum, materials, courses, society
- Create a safe space for discussing issues pertaining to girls and women
- Women’s health
- Women’s safety
- Body image
- Pay equity
- Women’s rights
- Assign students to chart the course
- Have fun!
Where to start?
- Get inspired by the students. Take the lead from them!
- Come up with a mission statement or philosophy
- Know some of the statistics and inequalities women face
- Think of the strategies you want to teach students to navigate the world
- Just start! Figure things out as the club goes.
Ideas for guest speakers
Reach out to a variety of presenters. Most people asked will be honored to speak with students. Remember it's okay to get rejected!
- Small business owners
- Yoga instructors
- Martial Arts studios
- Not-For-Profit women’s agencies
- Fellow educators
- Medical and emergency services professionals
- Local politicians
- Corporate women
- Current/former students
- Women in nontraditional fields
- Therapists or social workers
- College professors or career counselors
- BOCES instructors in nontraditional fields
Remember, no one has all the answers. Get started and see where it goes!
Project assistance from Rebekah Stoll