Poetry

Watch Me Now by Mahvash Irshad | International Women’s Day Celebration

You stole the rainbow from my sky, trimmed my wings and chained my legs. You painted long nights in my eyes that were full of sunlight and bright grins. You clapped on hearing cracks in my bones. You tore my skin and let me bleed. Now watch me as I show you how lone warriors… Continue reading Watch Me Now by Mahvash Irshad | International Women’s Day Celebration

Poetry

Mona Lisa by Becca Harrington | International Women’s Day Celebration

I won’t be painted by men’s intruding eyes and loan my body to a gaze unwanted. My mind, my eyes, my thighs, a crimson decision, protested with signs that say: ‘I won’t stop until this decision is mine’. I won’t be quiet so you can be comfortable, and live in a world created to fetishise… Continue reading Mona Lisa by Becca Harrington | International Women’s Day Celebration

Poetry

The Blood Ballad by Lucy Whalen | International Women’s Day Celebration

I once knew a young girl, Who bled, like all others, At 12 her path unfurled, Branded: mark of mothers.   The future not her choice, Never hers to control:   No woman gets a voice - Red rivers drown them whole.   Red tags in shop windows, Rounded mannequins smile, For their blood they… Continue reading The Blood Ballad by Lucy Whalen | International Women’s Day Celebration

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Kind Word by Chiara Scaduto | International Women’s Day Celebration

To the women in your life, Those words you do not say, Those ‘I love you’(s), and those hugs, Kept hidden, closed away.   Let them loose, Say them out loud; Tell them how much They make you proud.   Tell your mum that you’re grateful For all that she has done, That she, on… Continue reading Kind Word by Chiara Scaduto | International Women’s Day Celebration

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Womens Day to all our amazing female writers and readers! For too long, women have been told who to be. We want women to realise that they are in control of who they are, that they are not in competition with one another and that they can love what they’re told not to.… Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day!

Non-Fiction

Park That Thought by Astrid Dorfman Dyrli | International Women’s Day Celebration

*Trigger warning: sexual assault* It was late September, the last few of a series of beautiful autumn days before the rain set in until spring. It was a summer of endings in many respects, and yet many of the endings were long overdue. My mandatory education had ended in June, and with it ended my… Continue reading Park That Thought by Astrid Dorfman Dyrli | International Women’s Day Celebration

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The Untold Story of Katherine Howard, Henry the VIII’s Fifth Wife by Georgia Sewell | International Women’s Day Celebration

*Trigger warning: sexual violence* You know me as queen. A lady. His lady. By his side, till death do us part. But, I want to tell you a story. The one that led to me being known as a tart. Here I stand, being judged by you. You decide my fate, what is false and… Continue reading The Untold Story of Katherine Howard, Henry the VIII’s Fifth Wife by Georgia Sewell | International Women’s Day Celebration

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i’m fat so i’m unbeautiful by Sophie Edwards | International Women’s Day Celebration

*Trigger warning: disordered eating and discussion of weight* once a woman reaches size 16,  she becomes invisible. a ghost dressed in lace, if you will. the ghost has balloon breasts, laced balloon breasts, which can’t be sexualised because  it doesn’t count when a girl (or a ghost) is a size 16 with double j’s. christmas… Continue reading i’m fat so i’m unbeautiful by Sophie Edwards | International Women’s Day Celebration

Non-Fiction

Being a Woman by Naomi Phillips | International Women’s Day Celebration

In many ways, being a woman now is much easier that it would have been in the 1950s. Women have more rights, more freedom and more responsibility. With this, women also have more pressure. It is accepted now that women can be strong, powerful, heads of business, yet it is still presumed they will be… Continue reading Being a Woman by Naomi Phillips | International Women’s Day Celebration