From its conception as International Women’s Day in 1911, Women’s History Month has swelled to global proportions. Here in London there’s a host of festivities to celebrate the women who make the world go round. You will certainly be WOWed by this line up.
Women of the World
WOW aka Women of the World festival is a celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women. This annual festival held at the Southbank Centre runs between March 6-11 and includes debates, markets, mentoring and evening events. Highlights include ‘Equals’ hosted by Annie Lennox, with guests including Katy B and Emeli Sandé for International Women’s Day (March 9) and Sandi Toksvig’s ‘mirth control’ on March 11.
Women of Whitechapel
On Saturday March 10 there will be a walk to celebrate the Wonderful Women of Whitechapel and Spitalfields including Edith Cavell, Mary Hughes, Monica Ali and Tracey Emin. Booking essential.
Women and Work
‘All Work and Low Pay: The Story of Women and Work‘ is an exhibition about the range of jobs done by women over the past 150 years, from forging iron chains to assembling fine electrical components (closing on March 31). The show highlights the fact that, while most women have always worked, in paid jobs or in the home, their work has been unrecognised and undervalued, and details the campaigns for equal pay and fair working conditions led by pioneering activists and supported by trade unions.
Women of Worth
This walk on March 18 by Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky leads participants again through sites in Whitechapel and Spitalfields, but this time with those associated with women who made an impact on the Jewish Community in the East End, including Alice Model, Hannah Billig and Miriam Moses. The meeting point and time will be given on booking, which is essential. Didi Mae Hand