Students from the Feminist Society of Bournemouth University united with local workers to protest the government cuts in town centre last Saturday.
The students dressed up as typical 1950’s housewives indicating that they don’t want to go back time when women’s rights were largely ignored. Protesters carried self-made pamphlets and signs, chanting and shouting to protest as they believe the cuts hit female workers disproportionately hard. They feel like it is a turning back time on women’s equality.
Sophie Powell, one of the organisers of the march said: “On average, women earn less, own less, and are more likely to work and retire in poverty than men. The government’s approach to cutting the deficit will widen the gap between women and men.”
The march was initially launched by students of Bournemouth University, but local workers showed up voluntarily to support the protest, too.
Shelly Wilson, from Bournemouth&Poole Anti-Cuts Coalition said: “I will take part in every activity which I think is good for Bournemouth. Female workers are struggling badly. It is not fair. We should fight for it.”
Chloe Cook, the head of the Feminist Society said she was really happy about it. “It is amazing that we have more people from Bournemouth, regular people, not only students that show up. I believe the march will open more people’s mind on women’s issues.”
The march started from the Horseshoe Common, across the town centre and set off in front of the town hall. It was responding to the ‘Don’t Turn Back Time’ march and rally in London.