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About First Women

Anita-Corbin2First Women comprises a unique collection of 100 portraits capturing women in the UK who were “first” in their field of achievement. The portraits by photographer Anita Corbin provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women seeking an understanding of their own roles in a rapidly changing world in which equality is still an issue. The full collection will be revealed in 2018 to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

In the years leading up to 2018 Anita Corbin will shoot and collect iconic portraits of 21st century women who have achieved the landmark title “First Woman” across a range of fields. In 2018 Anita plans to launch the First Women travelling exhibition throughout the UK in celebration of 20th and 21st century women, creating a magnificent archive for our daughters and their future children.

First Women, The Collection, is about women’s achievements, and one woman’s exploration through the camera lens that endeavours to answer the question: How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? And who were these remarkable “first” women, what did they look like?

First Women is the project that Anita has waited all her life to create. Her passion was born out of work she began in the early eighties – her Visible Girls portfolio was symbolic of women’s new found freedom to be whoever they wanted to be – and fired by years spent working as a top female photographer for The Sunday Times and The Observer when she was often sent to cover “human interest” stories involving women. All this experience has culminated in Anita’s vision – the creation of a legacy for future generations of women to enable them to understand and appreciate the achievements of their forebears – and perhaps even to laugh incredulously that once upon a time women were regarded as second class citizens without a vote.

Supported by:

The First Women team is a group of talented professionals, from a range of backgrounds, who have been brought together by a passion for the arts. Their skills and expertise combine to create a formidable team, which works tirelessly to support this important venture. We really couldn’t do it without them.

Drew Llewellyn Drew Edwards is an award winning marketer, who works to keep the First Women project in the spotlight by providing us with specialist strategic digital marketing knowledge. Drew is both a designer and a Chartered Marketer, which gives her a unique understanding of both the creative and strategic aspects of marketing. She combines this rare quality with excellent instincts honed over her two decades of marketing campaigns for various industries including education, health and social care, technology and tourism.  Drew has worked with a wide range of clients, overseeing everything from brand designs of small artisan companies to integrated campaigns for the NHS, as well as providing strategic marketing support for businesses operating in Europe and the US. Drew has been working on the First Women Project since 2008, providing invaluable marketing strategy and support to Anita and the team – and ensuring that the wider world hears about the venture.

Deborah Willimott Award-winning journalist, Deborah has over 11 years of experience in consumer journalism, including copywriting, editing and commissioning.

She has regularly contributed to the likes of British GLAMOUR , Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Times Style magazine and she has blogged for The Huffington Post.  She has also written for international titles in Australia and the UAE. She joins First Women as editorial director – her history of fashion shoot co-ordination and celebrity interviews (with the likes of Rihanna and Ioan Gruffudd) bring invaluable skills for the project.


Other people who helped us make the project a success:

Jane Adkins – PR

Jacqui Yeoell – Online technical wizardry

Carole Manley – Creative research and support

Cressida Moger – Project management and administration

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