WHERE DID YOUR NAME COME FROM?
The Emily Tree started in 2013 – we wanted to do something to mark 100 years since the Suffragette Emily Davison died.
We’re passionate about youth, feminism and political engagement – so she seemed like the perfect person to build our project around.
Emily gave her life to the Suffragette cause – we wanted to keep her at the front of everyone’s mind, to remind us of how much people fought for our right to vote – something we tend to take for granted.
Suffragettes literally died so that we women could have a say in how the country is run – and loads of us don’t even bother to do it!
But Emily Davison wasn’t all misery – she was a total badass. Once she crept into parliament and hid in a cupboard overnight so she could put ‘House of Commons’ as her residence on the census! She was stubborn, argumentative, creative and a little bit naughty – just like us, and like a lot of you.
She’s our role model because she reminds us that politics isn’t all about posh men in suits talking about interest rates. Emily shows us that you don’t have to be perfect or have the highest grades to make a difference and be involved – and we thank her for that every day.
HMM THIS ALL SOUNDS A BIT FEMINISTY. AND I’M DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THOSE.
That’s fine! We’re not interested in shoving ideologies down people’s throats. However, we will say that more than a few girls have left our workshops with their minds changed on that point…. But even so – if you want to see better representation of women and more ladies in power but you don’t call yourself a feminist – that’s cool, we want you.
I’M A GIRL – HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Talk to us about becoming an Emily Tree Ambassador – we’re looking for young women to run assemblies and workshops in their schools to help spread the word about participation and gender equality.
ARGH THAT SOUNDS SCARY.
Don’t be scared – we’ve got the resources you need to get started. We’ll be with you every step of the way to give you the confidence and skills you need to do this. Give it a go!
I’M A TEACHER – CAN YOU COME AND DO A WORKSHOP FOR US?
Yes! Drop us an email and let’s talk. Our material ticks boxes in the PSHE and Citizenship curriculums, but we’re happy to work with you to see what would work best for your students.
But we’re into our arts and crafts too – so if you have younger kids and are interested in a history/art Suffragette sash-making mash-up then let us know!
At the moment we’re just in London but we’ll hopefully be in Cardiff and Bath soon too
YES BUT HOW DO WE KNOW YOU’RE ANY GOOD?
The group of girls who came to our 2013 picnic rated the day 4/5. In 2014 we worked on the areas for improvement and brought it up to 4.5/5. This is among the highest scores and best feedback that NCS powered by The Challenge has for its ‘Big Challenge’ days. We’ve already been commissioned for another picnic in 2015.
WHY ARE SOME OF YOUR EVENTS JUST FOR GIRLS? THAT’S SEXIST!
All girl spaces may seem retrogressive, not innovative (especially with #heforshe and the rest of it!). However, our priority is accessibility for ALL girls, not just those who culture and background mean they can casually be around men and feel comfortable talking in front of them.
While we know that boys have loads to offer too, we think something special happens when girls are all together – and sometimes that’s what we need!