Note Found Under Year 5 Classroom Desk Proves The Future Of Feminism Is Bright

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Pupils passing notes is the bane of a teacher’s life, not least because they’re often the butt of the latest not-so-subtle joke.

But pleasant surprises lurk in unexpected places, as one Year 5 teacher discovered after finding a crumpled piece of paper under a desk.

It read: “Do you want to join a club for female empowerment? We are the leaders.”

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Heartened at the thought that she was helping to rear the next generation of feminists, the teacher shared the note with her equal rights campaigner friend Elly Zupko, who then posted it on Twitter. Unsurprisingly, it has racked up over 180,000 likes and nearly 60,000 retweets, including one from Hillary Clinton.


Soon enough, women of all ages began asking whether the unknown little girl was open to taking any more members.

Shortly afterwards, Elly revealed that she had been asked by her teacher friend to help form and co-sponsor the club after the school gave it its full backing.

Her friend had spoken to the note’s author and found that she wanted to start the club “because boys had been telling her girls can’t do what boys can”.

This note may have struck a chord on International Women’s Day last month, but we wanted to share it again as with gender stereotyping still so rife and inequality so marked around the world, it can be hard to feel optimistic about the future.

Back in January a group of US researchers found that girls begin to lose faith in their own talents and feel innately less capable than boys at just six-years-old. This is disheartening, but with schools such as this one encouraging girls to empower themselves, there is plenty of reason to be hopeful for change.

Now, time to register for the club.

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