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A 6-month season of events will celebrate women’s historical achievements in London

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Women: Work and Power will run from the end of May until November. 

A six-month season of events celebrating unsung women from history is set to launch in London.

Titled Women: Work and Power and organised by the City of London, the season will run from London History Day on 31 May until 30 November. It will include talks curated by the Fawcett Society, concerts by women musicians, all-women theatre shows and a film season celebrating women in front of and behind the camera.

Women: Work and Power will celebrate the achievements of a wide range of outstanding women – some well-known, others, less so – who have helped shape our history and define our national identity,” says Laurie Miller-Zutshi, head of cultural programming and partnerships at the City of London Corporation.

“We have curated a diverse, six-month programme of over 70 events in the Square Mile, ranging from circus and dance to talks on gender equality and an exhibition about the Bajan nurses who helped deliver Britain’s post-war baby boom.

“And this year, Sculpture in the City, the City’s hugely popular annual art installation, will feature work by more female artists than in any previous editions.”

The four Fawcett Society talks will run in June, September and November, covering how women won the vote, the future of women’s work, women in leadership and how women helped shape the City of London.

Thelma & Louise will be shown as part of a mini-season of film screenings  

 At The Nursery theatre in Moorgate, three nights of improvised theatre will tackle three very different subjects. In June, London’s top female improvisers will use audience stories about their grandmothers to inspire scenes about women’s position in society; in September, drag king group The Bareback Kings will lead a night exploring gender roles; and in November, two actors playing female political candidates will go head to head in an improvised debate.

“Dubbed the ‘year of women’, 2018 is an ideal time to highlight the achievements of these women, who have made a significant impact on the world, either through pioneering legislative change or by making their mark in their chosen field,” says Graham Packman, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee.

“Some of them are famous, others, unheard of, but all of them undoubtedly worthy of being celebrated by Women: Work and Power.”

The programme is inspired by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, which focuses on women’s historical and contemporary contributions to the capital and aims to support more women into leadership positions.

Other highlights of the season include an ‘alternative Jack the Ripper tour’ telling the stories of the women murdered by the notorious serial killer, an evening where women of all generations share their best pearls of wisdom, and an exhibition about the British-Barbadian nurses who supported the NHS after World War II.

Find out more about the Women: Work and Power season here.

Stylist’s Visible Women campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of women who’ve made a difference, celebrating their success, and empowering future generations to follow their lead. See more from Visible Women here.  

Images: Getty Images / Rex Features