by Hollie Wells on 28 February 2018
Current second year undergraduate student studying English
‘2018 is a Golden Age for women in Cambridge!’, student red-top The Tab announced recently, listing a number of venerable University institutions now headed up by women. I had to smile. Of course, it is absolutely to be celebrated that CUSU, Footlights and Varsity all boast female presidents this year. But I itched to point out that, at the Cavendish Chronicle, women have always been at the top of the pile.
My aims for the magazine this year were three-fold. Firstly, I wanted to put together an editorial team which truly reflects the Lucy Cavendish student body in all its fabulous diversity. The success of this project can, I hope, be assessed through a quick peek at the profiles on our shiny new website: from a self-professed Meme Queen to a ‘writer, psychologist, and granny’, our team this year brings a wealth of experience to the table. Our primary focus has been to represent, privilege and celebrate the diverse array of voices within our college community, and to tell the stories of the Lucy women who are achieving incredible things in their respective fields.
Secondly, I wanted to create a magazine which was unabashedly, unapologetically and stridently feminist. 2018 may be a golden age for Cambridge women, but one hundred years on from the initial successes of the movement for women’s suffrage, the playing field – both within the University and beyond - remains anything but level. With feminism high on the national agenda in the wake of Hollywood scandals and marches for equal pay and bodily autonomy, the Chronicle needs to be at the forefront of these discussions. We know, of course, that not all our readers will identify with the feminist movement. But at the very least, by focusing entirely on the question ‘what are the women doing?’, we can keep the experiences of Lucy women – students, alumnae and fellows – front and centre in everything we do. And what could be more feminist than that?
Finally, urgently, we want the Chronicle to grow. From building a brand new website to host unique digital content, to raising the funds needed to produce a bigger, longer and better-quality magazine, the team this year has worked phenomenally hard to create something which truly represents the wealth of talent and experience to be found here at Lucy. To paraphrase Hugh Grant in Love, Actually (with my deepest and most sincere apologies): we may be a small college, but we’re a great one. A college of academic prizewinners and bestselling authors. Of Labour MPs and champion rowers. Of John the Porter’s magical bike-fixing abilities. Of ‘Cambridge Struggles’ and the Cavendish Chorale, of record-breaking bops and pancakes for breakfast on Fridays. The ultimate aim of the Chronicle is to act as a beacon of, and a klaxon for, the strengths and values that make Lucy Cavendish College such a uniquely brilliant place. We hope this year to do it justice.
To find out more about supporting student journalism at Lucy, visit the Chronicle’s website: www.cavendishchronicle.co.uk.