Women’s History Month is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of pioneering women in history and contemporary society. It occurs in the same month as International Women’s Day which is the 8th of March this year. It is part of a tradition dating back to the 1980s, and with the #MeToo and #Time’s Up campaigns gripping the world, Women’s History Month could not be more relevant. Women are rising in society and making their voices heard. However, I would like to stress that this event should be celebrated by both sexes; men and women should acknowledge the accomplishments of one another as a testament to how far the world has progressed in terms of sexual equality- a process which is ongoing. So below is a list of different events to honour women in London this March:
- Walk in her Shoes– 6 March, 10am, The Scoop, More London, SE1 2DB. A mass rally and walk through London led by Dr Helen Pankhurst (great-granddaughter of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst), Annie Lennox, Bianca Jagger, Sister Sledge and many more. Show solidarity for those women walking in the name of inequality and injustice.
- WOW- Women of the World Festival, 7th-11th March, London’s Southbank Centre. This event is part of a global network of festivals which examines the obstacles that stop women from achieving their full potential. It acknowledges what has been achieved for women today but also ways in which the world can be changed for the better. Members of the public can attend a range of talks, debates, concerts, performances, art installations, workshops and much more! For more information, visit: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/women-of-the-world
- Votes for Women at the Museum of London. The Museum is home to a special (and free) film and exhibition which pays homage to the lesser well known figures of the Suffragette Movement. The exhibition resurrects their voices by telling their individual stories, as well as displaying iconic tokens of the movement such as Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal and Louise Eates’ pendant. For more information, visit: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/votes-women
- Oxfam Photography Exhibition: Women Unlimited– 8-13th March, 11:00am-6pm, Shop 8, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL. Oxfam has joined forces with Magnum Photos to draw our attention to the charity’s work aimed at women around the world in this free exhibition. Oxfam’s work includes: fighting poverty, combating violence against women and girls, and supporting women to gain their rights.
- Why Should Women Write? – 24th March, 10:00am-1pm, Idea Store Bow, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES. This woman only workshop aims to discover women writers in history and to consider why women should still write today. Women are going to be encouraged to think about why they want to write and what they want to say and go home with the outline for their own short story.
- The Harem and the Veil: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Ottoman Empire– 1st March, 10:30-12:30am, Queen’s House, Orangery & South Parlour, Museum of Greenwich, £8 adult/£6 concession. Christine Riding will discuss the life and works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who travelled to the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century as the wife of the English Ambassador to Istanbul. Her Embassy letters overturned Western fantasies of the East such as those concerning harems, and the perceived suppression of women through the wearing of a veil. Her letters, plays, essays and poems inspired Orientalist paintings and contemporary debates about gender and sex relations.