The Women's Network is delighted to invite you to their annual dinner
  • Date 14 September 2024 - 14 September 2024
  • Location St John's College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP

St John’s College Women’s Network is delighted to announce that the next networking dinner will be hosted on Saturday 14 September in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s College. All alumnae of St John’s College are warmly invited for an evening filled with food, wine, and the chance catch up with old friends and to make some new friends too!

Register for this event here

The evening will provide a chance for St John’s women to (re)connect and will begin with a talk from Alex Bollen (1991, Modern History) at 5pm, followed by a drinks reception at 7pm and will then be followed with dinner in Hall at 7:30pm.

The price for the dinner is £65 per person or £35 per person for Young Alumni (matriculated in 2014 or later).

Accommodation is available in College for the night of 14 September, at £50 per person for a single room with shared facilities.  Breakfast in Hall the following morning is also included. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer any double or twin rooms.

Alex Bollen

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Alex is a researcher with more than two decades experience and learned her craft at Ipsos MORI under the leadership of Ben Page (1983, Modern History), now the global CEO of Ipsos. Alex will be speaking about her forthcoming book Motherdom: Breaking Free of Bad Science and Good Mother Myths.

Alex’s book takes on Good Mother myths, an assortment of narratives, ideologies and stereotypes which are justified by bogus science and spurious invocations of nature. These myths are deployed to censure mothers and blame them for the ills of society. They afflict all women, whether or not they are mothers.

Good Mother myths shape-shift in different times and contexts. ‘Mothercraft’ was once touted as the solution to water-borne diseases, contaminated milk and insanitary living conditions. Today, attentive and sensitive mothering to build children’s brains is the answer to – and excuse for – economic, social and racial inequalities.

Alex’s book argues that we need to replace Good Mother myths with motherdom. Motherdom is a more generous and expansive conception of motherhood, which values and respects the different ways people raise their children. Instead of finding fault with mothers, motherdom shifts our focus to the relationships and resources children need to flourish.

There is a strong St John’s connection to Alex’s book as it draws upon on the work of Professor Dorothy Bishop, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Sir Keith Thomas.

The book will be published by Verso next March to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Alex will be in conversation with Kate Molesworth, the Chair of the St. John’s College Women’s Network.

The Women’s Network defines a woman as anyone who identifies wholly or partially as a woman and/or as transfeminine.