A MESSAGE FROM ANA GÓMEZ (English Department Cultural Activities Coordinator)

Dear students, in two weeks we shall celebrate Women´s Day at VLC OLS. You can contribute with your personal piece of work about the crisis (option 1) or the suffragettes (option 2). Give it to your teacher so it can be exhibited on the school walls or special panels and perhaps published in Event.

1-WOMEN AND THE CRISIS

How are the anticrisis measures affecting women? Write a story (real or invented), a letter (personal or to a paper) or a report with statistics. Examples:

Letters

Dear Sir (or Madam) / Dear Sue , …

…Before the crisis I had a grant. Now I have to pay for my studies working as a… OR

…Like many others, before the recent legal changes in labour legislation I took my job for granted. Now… OR

…A few years ago I had planned to have my first child but then…

Stories

Of all her worst nightmares this was the one she never thought she´d end up doing…

After her family died, prostitution seemed the only option left so she…

Her boss began to take advantage of the new laws and made her work longer hours for less money. He even suggested…

Reports

The percentage of working women in the European Union varies greatly depending on the region. Scandinavian and Mediterranean countries differ in that…

2- THE SUFFRAGETTES

Do you know about the time when only men were allowed to vote? Do you know what women had to do to conquer this right? Read about the suffragettes and bring a picture of one of them with a paragraph about her.

USEFUL WEBSITES

Easy videos (stop and read as often as you like) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSROKuxSMxc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJBdPFfnZHU&feature=fvst http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw4L6UJIJ7Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz_yQ4WtexI

Videos with little or no reading http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=CfyLUyEEsQg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjL5FnovS7g&feature=related http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/suffragettes/8305.shtml

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffragette

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