From Nancy Astor to Betty Boothroyd, the Women in Parliament exhibition, starting on 9 February, chronicles more than 100 years of women’s influence on parliament, as campaigners, voters and parliamentarians.
Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, the collection of works from the Parliamentary Art Collection will give us a fascinating insight into women’s experiences of Parliament, including Reginald Thomas Cleaver’s 1985 painting Behind the Grille — The Ladies Gallery, Antony Dufortas's portraits of the late prime minister Margaret Thatcher and Anthony Williams’s painting of Rt Hon Margaret Beckett. Other historical artefacts include a hunger strike medal awarded to a suffragette in 1912.
Chair of the all-party parliamentary group on women in parliament, Mary Macleod MP, said:
“The Women in Parliament exhibition is an important step in improving the representation of women, not just within our walls, but also on them. I am glad the new cohort of MPs elected in 2015 will see proof of the impact women have had on parliament when they return after the election.”
Don't miss this opportunity to see the changing roles of women in politics, from campaigners and protesters to MPs and ministers.
The Women in Parliament exhibition starts on Monday 9 February and will run until July. The tour takes about 75 minutes and includes a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor of Portcullis House. For details of the tours, visit the art and architecture website.