Undergraduate Rachel Collett (History 2016) is the driving force behind the latest issue, which is packed with features, poetry, images and interviews focused on women’s issues and experience.
“The decision to bring Dorothy’s Lip back was an easy one. I realised that 2018 is truly the year of women: some women have had votes for 100 years, Times Up and #MeToo have brought movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to his knees (at last), and you can’t scroll twitter without seeing the word feminism. How better to celebrate than with a collection of writing and artwork from some of Oxford’s finest feminist gals?” writes Rachel in the introductory editorial.
It was when she was browsing the College website that Rachel found mention of the publication. Speaking to her tutor Jane Garnett who was involved in the previous issues, Rachel visited the College archives to view old copies and decided that now was the perfect time to revive the publication.
With support from the Wadham community and students from other Oxford colleges, Rachel put the impressive document together using many of her own illustrations.
“It is the first publication like this that I have done and it was a challenge to make it look like a student ‘zine’ whilst still quite professional,” she comments.
Rachel’s design for the cover evokes the women’s liberation imagery of the 1970s, and is based on wording from the SU banner. Having done A Level Art, she said “putting Dorothy’s Lip together has been a nice opportunity to be creative, giving me a break from essay writing, and I hope it has provided a similar opportunity for the other women contributors.”
Highlights among the varied contents include a feature on Seventeenth Century Widows by Wadham Economic History Tutor Judy Stephenson; STOP fixing women by graduate student Juliane Borchert; Empowerlifting by Francesca Best; and an excellent article by Chloe Whitehead (Oriel) questioning why, at music festivals, there have been no great women headliners.
Rachel is hopeful that this will be the first of many future issues of Dorothy’s Lip. Download your copy below or pick it up from Wadham Lodge.