by Ayomikun Bolaji
The women* of Oriel gathered once more on the 28th of April to celebrate woman*hood, female* empowerment and diversity at the Women*’s Dinner: a feat we have only enjoyed once before, and will hopefully enjoy for many years to come thanks to the amazing Eva Hogan, JCR Women*’s Officer.
‘I want Women*’s Dinner to be an annual event that sticks – and I want the annual all-female High Table to stick long into Oriel’s future. It’s a powerful symbol and a great celebration of the inspirational women at Oriel across the generations.’Words from Eva Hogan
Usually when The Poor Print covers formal dinners at Oriel, we simply cover the menu.
Now I could tell you about what we ate, what we wore and how we looked (though I can’t help but admit that we all looked amazing!), but I think what is more important – what ought to matter more – is what was said.
Snippets of wisdom were bestowed upon us by our JCR President Phoebe Winter, a force of change; our Women*’s Officer Eva Hogan, an advocate for inclusivity; and rocket scientist Kate Underhill, an excellent example of perseverance in a male-dominated world.
Here are some highlights of the night:
- Eva began the night with a speech highlighting that ‘diversity should be something that is … celebrated everywhere, especially at Oriel’.
- Kate gave us four lessons learnt from her time at Oriel.
- Phoebe shared some of her experiences as a female JCR president and gave shoutouts to the hardworking women* in our JCR committee.
- The Green Bean Machine concluded the night with good vibes and great songs.
To those of you who missed the dinner, future women* of Oriel and women* who have previously graced these halls, I would say the main takeaway from the festivities are that:
You are appreciated.
You are valued.
You are enough.