SheSays Brighton – Autumn news

Welcome to a double bumper edition of the SheSays Brighton newsletter to keep you warm over the coming months.

Here are six things that moved me this month:
1. #MeToo campaign on Facebook.
From Wikipedia: ‘After accusations against Harvey Weinstein last month, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged spreading the phrase (first used by Tarana Burke 10 years ago) as part of an awareness campaign to show the scale and ubiquity of the problem, tweeting: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”‘ 

I’m sure, like me, you found it heart-wrenching seeing so many women posting #MeToo, let alone reading accounts of harassment and assault. Sending love to you all and this is why it’s important to gather regularly, support each other and celebrate our successes as women in the world. Read more.

2. Ada Lovelace Day 
Congratulations to our lovely friends at Ada’s List who celebrated Ada Lovelace Day (Oct 10) in style at their fourth annual conference. If you want to know more about Ada Lovelace and pioneers of computing who happen to be women go here.

3. BBC 100 Women
The BBC named 100 inspirational women last month, challenging them to tackle the four of the biggest issues facing women: the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, street harassment and sexism in sport – in one week!. Read more.

4. Women in the Workplace 2017
If you ever need the stats on women’s lack of representation across every industry take a look at this report.

5. Day of the Girl
On Oct 11 each year, it is the United Nations International Day of the Girl, focusing attention on the challenges girls face, promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Watch the Beyonce video.

6. Halt and catch fire
Never mind Stranger Things, I’m binge-watching all four seasons of Halt and Catch Fire about a tech startup in the 1980s, which features not one but two women in lead tech roles. It’s great fun when you’re done watching Rick & Morty.

Our friends at FemRock have kindly offered SheSays Brighton members low price tickets to their Christmas Party on 1 Dec at the Green Door Store. I’m unfortunately out of the country but I know FemRock always put on a great show, so you’ll have a fab time. Keep an eye on their FB page for details.

Many congratulations to one of our fave speakers, content strategist, Ellen De Vries for publishing her book on collaboration – get it now!
The awesome Leading Design Conf run by our friends at Clearleft went down well last week. Coming up soon is the fab UX Brighton for anyone creating digital products. Special SheSays discount code is still valid use this link. And the brilliant FF Conf for coders/developers is next week. Low cost tickets available.


  • 8 March 2018 – International Women’s Day – speakers and venue booked, tickets to be released in January.
  • 14 Sept 2018 – could this be our first one day event? More details to be revealed at the March event.

Don’t forget to follow @shesaysbrighton on Twitter and join us on Facebook, where I’m always sharing things that move, delight and inspire me. There’s also a Linkedin group you can join too – feel free to share anything you think is relevant to our members.

See you soon
Love Rifa
SheSays Brighton

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