Punk London: Visible Girls get their first official outing since the 1980’s.

January 26, 2016

This month, a very exuberant evening at London’s world famous 100 Club marked the start of a year-long celebration of one of Britain’s most notorious subcultures. Punk London – 12 months of events, gigs, talks and exhibitions – salutes Britain’s home-grown brand of rebellious creativity. Anita’s ‘Visible Girls’ series captured young girls taking their first steps into the exploration of their identity as mods, New Romantics and of course, punks back in the ‘80s. A read more

Interview with Reverend Rose

January 20, 2016

The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin is the 79th Commons Chaplain and the first ever woman to hold this role in over 350 years. Charismatic and frank (‘with lots of ambition – you can’t be Jamaican and not be ambitious!’) – Reverend Rose talks to First Women about risk-taking, the importance of crying and how to eloquently tell someone when they are being ‘difficult’…       All things are possible – take a risk ‘My faith taught me this. I have been asked to do read more

Visible Girls Revisited

January 6, 2016

‘Visible Girls’: Anita Corbin’s extraordinary 1980’s photographic project  Anita commences her search 35 years on for the women who defined their subcultures “Back in the 1980s you couldn’t move for images of men in subcultural settings!” says Anita “As a young photographer, I was fascinated by the girls’ colourful and extrovert appearance and their desire to be recognised as part of a larger tribe”. Anita was also fascinated by the read more

Interview with Suzi Quatro

December 21, 2015

Musician, song writer and bassist, Suzi Quatro talks about remaining sane and in control of your own destiny… Going for your dream doesn’t mean ‘easy’ – but if you enjoy it you can do anything. How significant is my achievement to me in the light that I am a woman? I never did and never will do ‘gender’ – I simply believed I could do anything I chose to do. That said, a bass is a heavy, physically demanding instrument to play and leading and touring with a hard-working read more

First Women visit to Sandhurst coincides with military history in the making!

December 18, 2015

As Anita captures her portrait of the first woman to be made New College commander, the first ever mixed platoon graduates from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. How’s about that for timing? Friday 11th December was a fitting day to photograph First Woman #88; Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles, Sandhurst’s first ever female to lead New College since 1946. On that day, the opportunity for some extraordinary documentary photographs was also presented – as six mixed male and female read more

89 Women and counting – the 100 Portraits collection is nearly complete

December 10, 2015

As the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote draws closer, so too does the First Women 2018 launch date of the complete collection of First Women. In a year that has included Tate Britain, sheepdogs and Top of the Pops, the First Women team has clocked up an astonishing 20,000 miles to photograph 27 new firsts. The journey this year has been exciting – From Bute House in Edinburgh to the gritty training ring of an Olympic Gold Medalist …to the living room of a Booker prize read more

Interview with Bellatrix

November 25, 2015

Our interview with Bellatrix, the UK’s first professional female beatboxer and first woman to win the world championships went out as a live Twinterview in October this year.   We found the format perfectly suited Bella’s snappy, insightful personality. In ‘140 characters or less’ she shared what life has taught her about female achievement.   @FirstWomenUK Why did it take so long for a woman to enter the BB champs? @Bellatrix_Music It can be tough for women in male read more

First Women contributes to historic BBC’s 100 Women Season!

November 25, 2015

Anita recently appeared on the BBC as part of the highly respected #100Women debates where she was invited in her role as project founder to speak on the media’s representation of women. The debate highlighted just how important and unique the First Woman project is to help provide young people alternative images of role models in today’s society. The 100 Women program ran across BBC World News, bbc.com and the 29 languages of BBC World Service, as well as network news. The read more

Interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley

September 15, 2015

Dame Stephanie Shirley talks to us about the influences in her life and how she has approached them to achieve success… ‘Remember the hardest times of your life’ I was a child refugee from Nazi Germany. Trying to resettle after that huge disruption from family, language and country always reminds me that I am capable of dealing with anything. ‘Don’t attack your frustrations – go around them’ Frustration is a part of everyone’s path. I have learned not to try read more

With Love From Violet…The Suffragist Connection

August 19, 2015

Anita talks about her family’s connections with Conway Hall, The Bonham Carters’ and the Suffragist Movement. “I grew up in a household of powerful women. An only child I spent a lot of time with my grandma and grandpa – him an amateur photographer – surrounded by images and albums, often chatting about their memories. My great-grandparents, Annie and Nicholas Lidstone, were big movers in the South Place Ethical Society. This was (and still is) a non-secular movement of read more
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