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First Women featured in the BBC’s Festival of Remembrance

November 11, 2017

Anita’s iconic image of Lt Col Lucy Giles featured in this year’s Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The photograph was shown in a short video in recognition of this year’s centenary of women serving in the British Armed Forces. Presented by Huw Edwards, the annual event was held in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the royal family to remember all victims of war including those in present day conflict. The beginning of the read more

100 portraits now complete!

September 26, 2016

Seven years, over 100,000 miles and a cornucopia of locations from a Team GB boxing ring to the House of Lords: the one hundred portraits that comprise the First Women project are finally complete! In this blog, Anita reflects on her experiences of creating this extraordinary collection…   ‘From the moment I conceived of First Women, it was as if it took on a life of it’s own. Almost as if it had a ‘will’ to be completed and I was just facilitating that,’ says Anita. ‘I read more

Interview with Katy Cropper

July 4, 2016

The First Woman to win ‘One Man and His Dog’ – in the face of ‘competition, small-mindedness and having been put down by most men in the dog running world all my life.’ ‘When I was invited to participate in One Man and His Dog, I thought it was a joke’ But it was true. They called me and invited me to take part. My dad came to watch me – and for the first time he was proud of me. I had been so wild as a child, I was terrible at school and he’d never come to watch me do read more

Interview with Hilary Mantel

June 3, 2016

‘If you go into your creative work trying to make something happen, the work may not cooperate with you,’ explains Dame Hilary Mantel, first woman to win the Man Booker prize consecutively for her novels, ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring up the Bodies’. Mantel talks about her craft in a way that gives it a very tangible spirit – as alive almost as one of her extraordinarily imagined characters. First Women invited her to share her thoughts on the art of writing the novel, choosing a good read more

Interview with Felicity Aston

April 27, 2016

It’s hard talking to adventurer Felicity Aston without exclaiming, ‘wow!’ every few seconds. The first woman to ski solo across Antarctica, Aston, throughout her adventuring life has experienced the sort of mind-bending risk and isolation that for many of us is impossible to imagine. Alone for weeks on end in temperatures of -30C and ‘scared permanently for two months’, Aston explains what drives her to these pioneering feats of extraordinary human endurance. If an idea won’t leave 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

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