Celebrate London's Female Pioneers With Senate House Library

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Celebrate London's Female Pioneers With Senate House Library

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Precious suffragette paraphernalia and first edition works by 60s feminist icons are just some of the inspirational items on display in a new, free exhibition.

Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their Own Words at Senate House Library invites you to revel in the hard won victories of women who, from the late 18th century to the present day, used London as the platform for their groundbreaking work.

Hear the stories those who fought for equality in the spheres of politics, employment, education and reproductive rights.

Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragette activists at their WSPU stall.

There's an absolute treasure trove of women's historical artefacts for you to explore, including a 1868 charter admitting the first nine women to a UK university (nice work, University of London), and a rare edition of Millicent Fawcett's memoir.

A letter on anti-slavery campaigning from Sophia De Morgan.

Keep an eye on Senate House's events calendar too. Alongside the exhibition from now until December, there are walking tours, film screenings, and debates for you to get involved in, including a chance to meet Sylvia Pankhurst's granddaughter, a pioneer in her own right.

But that's not all. Far from simply stepping back into the past, Senate House wants your help shaping the legacies of pioneering women — past, present and future.

They've curated Her Story, a digital collection of thoughts and works that influenced the contemporary female leaders who helped develop the exhibition, including Stella Dadzie, Amrit Wilson and Naomi Paxton. And now they're looking for your contributions.

Click here, or use the hashtags #RfW18 #RememberHer on social media and share:

  • Inspirational female-penned books
  • The woman you most admire from history
  • The woman you most admire today
  • The women's issue you're most concerned with
  • Your hopes for the next generation of women
Amrit Wilson helped shape the exhibition.

So, for a first-hand look at all the hard graft that went into both the famous and unsung victories achieved by London's women, get yourself down to Bloomsbury. There's over two centuries worth of inspiration for you to explore.

Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their Own Words runs from 16 July-15 December 2018 at Senate House Library in Bloomsbury. The exhibition is completely free, and there's no need to book.

Last Updated 08 August 2018