In February of this year, the first ever Get Hairy February campaign was officially launched. Get Hairy February is the first peer-to-peer campaign designed to raise money to help eliminate gendered violence, with funds going to the Full Stop Foundation (1800 RESPECT). Get Hairy February encourages women to grow their leg and underarm hair for the month of February and receive sponsorship from friends, family, colleagues and the wider community. The aim of the organisation is to start conversations about gender equality and help women to feel empowered in a community where women everywhere are letting themselves grow.
In its first year, Get Hairy February saw phenomenal results. In total, 438 women signed up to participate. Combined, the organisation raised an incredible $42,653. The campaign was widely publicised - from articles in the UK and Brazil to radio interviews in the United States and New Zealand, with many interviews, reports and articles all over Australia. The message of equality was spread far and wide, and embraced by women all over the world.
Get Hairy February was founded by ANU alumni, Alex Andrews, a Melbourne-based feminist who wants to effect meaningful change within the wider community. The ANU community was proudly involved in Get Hairy February. Fellow ANU alumni, Laura Gartry, wrote an article for ABC that assisted Get Hairy February to gain national attention. The ANU team "ANU Gets Hairy" raised over $700. Other ANU alumni got involved by participating and raising money throughout February.
Get Hairy February will be back in 2018 - bigger, better and hairier! If you would like to get involved, please go to www.gethairyfebruary.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Get Hairy February, and to ANU alumna Alex Andrews (LLB '16, BSc(Psych) '16) for helping to initiate an important conversation and raising money for an incredibly worthwhile cause.