How to Start a Women’s Empowerment Club at Any School

Want to start a club at your school or on campus where students can discuss women’s issues, mentoring, and opportunities with students? We have ideas for you on how to get your club off the ground!


Why start a club?

Students need safe spaces to talk about issues such as justice, safety, equity, access and representation.

Who would join?

  • All students are welcome to join.
  • Talk to students who might be interested
  • Spread the word!
  • Ask students to invite their friends
  • Hang flyers around the school
  • make announcements

Is it possible?

  • Consult your contract for more information
  • View and follow the club formation process for your district
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel. Determine if there are other clubs that could incorporate women’s empowerment work
  • Talk to your union and directors
  • Make a clear plan
  • Bring your mission statement

How should it be called?

  • Finding a name (probably the hardest part!)
  • Involve all students, regardless of gender or other identity

What should the club do?

  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Invite guest speakers to offer new perspectives and life skills
  • Develop character and strengthen relationships and leadership skills
  • Explore issues of female representation in curricula, materials, courses, society
  • Create a safe space to discuss issues relating to girls and women
  • women’s health
  • Women’s safety
  • body image
  • Salary equity
  • Women’s rights
  • Ask the students to plot the course
  • Enjoy!

Where to start?

  • Be inspired by the students. Take the initiative from them!
  • Propose a mission statement or philosophy
  • Know some of the statistics and inequalities that women face
  • Think about the strategies you want to teach students to navigate the world
  • Just start! Understanding things as the club progresses.

Ideas for Guest Speakers

Contact a variety of presenters. Most interviewees will be honored to speak with the students. Remember there is nothing wrong with being rejected!

  • Small business owners
  • Yoga teachers
  • Martial arts workshops
  • Not-for-profit women’s agencies
  • Educator friends
  • Medical and Emergency Services Professionals
  • local politicians
  • corporate women
  • Current/former students
  • Women in non-traditional fields
  • Therapists or social workers
  • College professors or guidance counselors
  • BOCES trainers in non-traditional areas

Remember that no one has all the answers. Get started and see where it takes you!

Resources

Rebekah Stoll Project Support

Mara R. Wilmoth