Why did UBC join the LNFB movement?
LNFB started at UBC after the McGill photos started to circulate around Facebook. A couple of us first year students saw them and had the same shared reaction: relief. It was just so good to see that there were people in this profession that cared about the issues that we were concerned with, that we saw happening in the school around us, and were willing to start having that conversation in a public way. We were all feeling a little scared and a little lonely in our feminism at law school.
So, Mel reached out to the organizers at McGill and asked how we could make it happen at UBC. From there, it felt like we got “yes” at every turn. We quickly had a group of dedicated volunteers and faculty support, and were able to successfully pull off the first campaign.
How has LNFB grown at UBC?
Following the 2017 photoshoot, we were heartened by the outpouring of support from students and faculty wanting to get involved. While we knew that we would need more than the 40 photo sessions we had in 2017, none of us could have expected the overwhelming response this year.
A committee of 6 student organizers began meeting in October 2017 to discuss how we could best get people thinking about LNFB prior to the shoot, and our creative genius, Asha ended up making amazing buttons that we all wore to school for a week before the shoot. It was great to have students and faculty ask where they could get one, and literally see support growing in the community. By the end of the week, we had booked 86 photo sessions and expanded our shoot to last four days due to demand.
Tell us about your four-day photoshoot this year!
First and foremost, we have to recognize our photographer, photo editor, and graphic designer, Asha (who is also the Photo & Story Co-Lead on the LNFB National Executive) for making LNFB her life for a week. She took photos, helped workshop LNFB quotes, and edited shots in real time to keep on top of the crazy volume of portraits. We cannot overemphasize our gratitude to her.
The energy in the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, where the photos were taken, was one of the most special things we’ve experienced during law school. It was an absolute privilege to create this safe space where people entered knowing their voice mattered, and shared their concerns and views openly. Some appointments were very quick; people were decided on their message, took their photo, and left. Others lingered anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, helping others write their quotes, studying, or just chatting. A real community grew around the shoot, and when we see people that we met during the shoot now, we know it will continue.