In February and March 2017, the McGill Law crew behind LNFB fundraised $3,804.23 through their Seeds of Change crowdfunding campaign. Unfortunately, this money was not immediately available to them. The McGill Law Students Association (LSA) stepped in to provide LNFB with a no-interest loan on the money that we fundraised so we had the cashflow necessary to fund the national forum. Brittany Williams was one of the key players working behind the scenes to make this loan possible. Thank you, Brittany!
Word on the street is that you were instrumental in getting LNFB a significant loan last year to make sure the national forum had the necessary cash flow to happen. Can you give us a little behind the scenes look into how / why the LSA agreed to do this?
It just made sense for our team. LNFB was doing some unprecedented in law schools and we felt it would be a disservice not to help them with their project and forum. As LSA execs, we were able to see, on a more global level, what the 2015-2016 campaign was able to accomplish in making bolder the voices driving feminism in the law. We knew that the forum was bound to be successful and wanted to make sure the LNFB team had support from their student association and execs to be able to thrive.
Why did you think this was important to make happen?
It's no surprise that issues surround women, feminism and the law are too often set aside for more seemingly pressing or important endeavours, especially as overeager law students. As a student then LSA executive myself, I saw firsthand where our student funds were going and who we were supporting and for how much. When it came down to it, I wanted to make sure that LNFB and projects/groups like it were afforded the same opportunities as more institutionalized clubs and student groups.
Given your role in student politics at McGill Law, how do you think LNFB has impacted the faculty?
From the first photo campaign until now, LNFB has helped bring forward and keep at the forefront the notion and mindset of why law needs feminism. By putting faces to stories and showcasing these narratives for the larger legal community, LNFB has made it that much harder to ignore the issues that plague the legal profession when it comes to women as legal professionals.