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Women's History Month in East London (2018)

Women's History Month

Preview by Jack Foley

IN 2018 we are celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to some women for the first time, #Vote100 and the 1928 Equal Franchise Act, which gave the vote to all women over the age of 21 #Vote90.

Contemporary women artists, activists, writers, performers, women’s groups and community organisations will present a diverse programme of events and exhibitions in galleries, venues, libraries and institutions across East London.

Women’s History is explored through a wide range of events…

Women in Parliament: 100 Years On

Panel Discussion at the Bishopsgate Institute chaired by Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News Correspondent, with panellists including Dawn Baker MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party discussing how the proposed equal representation of women in Parliament is to be achieved.

A Mural celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes will be painted on the side wall of the Lord Morpeth pub at 402 Old Ford Road in Bow next to the site where the ELFS Women’s Hall once stood.

The Museum of London has a new display dedicated to those who campaigned for over 50 years to achieve Votes for Women.

From Pithead to Politics is the title of the show by Vanessa Short of images of miners wives at Four Corners Gallery.

East End Women at Work at the Brady Arts Centre is an exhibition of photographs by Sarah Ainslie taken in the early 90s.

At The Tower of London there will be a work shop about Leonora Cohen – the suffragette who was imprisoned there.

Making Her Mark: 100 Years of Women’s Activism is an exhibition created by the East End Women’s Museum at the Hackney Museum.

Worldwrite will be screening their film, Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible, at the Idea Store Watney Market.

Eastside Community Heritage (pictured) will be looking at Equal Pay campaigns from the First World War to the Ford Dagenham sewing machinists.

The Tower Hamlets Idea Stores present a series of events with women writers talking about their books – Katherine Connolly, Judith Orr, Sarah Jackson, Nicola Stratton and Cath Tate.

Performances include: Louise Ashcroft and Marcia Farquhar at Toynbee Studios, Does My Bomb Look Big in This by Nyla Levy at Rich Mix, Insula Orchestra at the Barbican, Two Pale Ladies at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, Barb Jungr and Solar Flares presented by Blow the Fuse.

Art Exhibitions include: The You in US/Lydia Ourhmane at Chisenhale Gallery, Here and There/Lisa Milroy at Parasol Unit, Sheroes at Ugly Duck, The Frisson of Togetherness/Leonor Antunes at Whitechapel Gallery .Agadir/Yto Barrada at the Barbican.

Women’s groups and community organisations in Tower Hamlets are putting on special events during International Women’s Week (March 3-10). This year, they are following the theme ‘Votes for Women’ and celebrating East London Suffragettes.

Women’s History Month is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the many artists and venues participating.

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