Get your diaries out, because the offering of feminist events for 2019 is bigger and better than ever.
By all accounts, 2018 – dubbed “the year of the woman” – was action-packed in terms of major feminist moments. In the UK, we saw the 100th anniversary of (some) women’s enfranchisement, as well as the centenary of women being able to stand for parliament.
But while there might not be any major women’s history anniversaries in 2019, that doesn’t mean we should get complacent. This year is packed with ways to celebrate the sisterhood, from protests to panel discussions, exhibitions, art classes and theatre.
Below, we’ve compiled a handy UK-wide calendar of feminist events for 2019 – so join us and mark these dates in your diary.
We’ll be updating this page throughout the year, so save it to your bookmarks!
100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery (until February 2020)
From March 2019, London’s Richard Saltoun Gallery is dedicating 100% of its programme to women. This 12-month programme is part of the gallery’s commitment to supporting under-recognised and underrepresented female artists, and aims to protest gender inequality in the art world.
The programme kicks off with the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by British artist Rose English, an integral figure in the development of performance art in Britain. Shows by artists including 70s avant-garde feminist Lili Dujourie and gender-defying Austrian photographer Renate Bertlmann will open later in 2019.
Event in London, free. More information about 100% Women at Richard Saltoun Gallery here
The Feminist Library’s English Language Book Club, all year
The Feminist Library is always putting on brilliant events, and August is no different. It launched its ‘HerStories’ book club in June, encouraging attendees to read and discuss books by women. August’s meet up was a discussion of Roxane Gay’s brilliant Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, an intimate look at Gay’s relationship with food and her body.
The Book Club will be running all year at the Peckham Pelican until the library moves to its new home in the Sojourner Truth Centre. It’s a fully accessible venue – and the book club itself is an “anti-sectarian, intersectional, trans and non-binary inclusive book club, where everyone is welcome to join”.
Find out about the library’s upcoming events here.
She Grrrowls open mic night, 6th September
She Grrrowls is a feminist arts night featuring “poetry, comedy, music and everything in between”. Running since 2013, the night has featured hundreds of poets, musicians, writers and more.
Its September event is based around “unusual, hidden and untold stories of the river”, and you’ll even be able to go up and read your own spoken word piece or poem. Two artists will be headlining: Birdspeed, a national slam champion, and Maya Blackwell, a poet, so even if you don’t want to hit the mic yourself, you’re sure to be entertained.
Get tickets and find out more here.
The Feminist Jack the Ripper walking tour, 15th September
The tale of Jack the Ripper is incredibly famous, launching sensationalist books, walking tours and even museums. But what about the women that he preyed upon?
This walking tour, which takes you through the streets of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, looks to redress that balance, exploring the lives, not deaths, of the women he killed. The organisers say they concentrate on “women’s lives rather than their murders”, and “aim to inspire you with the stories of brave and brilliant East End women, past and present”. Perfect for any feminist history fans.
Get tickets here.
The Guilty Feminist Live, Kings Place, 21st October
You’ve probably already heard of the Guilty Feminist, but if not, it’s not too late to get on board. Deborah Frances-White’s podcast has had over 50 million downloads since its inception, and it’s easy to see why it’s so successful. She takes on the dilemmas and paradoxes of modern womanhood and feminism and skewers them perfectly, showing up the absurdities and complications of a feminist life in 2019.
Get tickets here.
New Suns Feminist Book Fair, 5th October
Now in its second year, the New Suns Feminist Book Fair is back, and this time round it’s focusing on the links between contemporary feminism and technology. Watch authors, poets and artists talk about storytelling and technology, watch one of the programmed films, browse the large book fair or take part in listening parties or tarot readings.
It’s also housed in the Barbican Centre, so it’s a feast for your eyes and your mind.
See the full programme and get tickets here.
Join campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez as she chats to Alex Clark about her new book, Invisible Women. The book explores the data biases that impact on women’s lives and health – from the use of male crash test dummies to the temperature of our offices, so many things have been designed with men in mind. What would the world look like if things were a bit more equitable?
Get tickets here.
Women led art exhibitions, all year
There are also dozens of women led art exhibitions taking place throughout the year – find out more here.
Words: Moya Crockett, Rachel Brown, Sarah Shaffi.
Images: iStock / Ingrid Pollard / Rex Features / Getty Images / Krystal Neuvill