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First Women

Interview with Dame Jil Matheson

April 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

In 2011, over 200 years since its inception, Statistician Dame Jil Matheson became the first woman to have ever run the decennial population census. Jil joined the Office for Population and Surveys in 1975 and was appointed as Deputy Director in the [...]

Brighton – A Fabulous First Month

April 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Deep in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, amongst the exotic, architectural creations of George the Fourth, the 100 Firsts are now happily housed in Brighton’s Museum and Art gallery. This is a beautiful, early nineteenth century space, positioned above [...]

Interview with Jocelyn Burton

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Interview Originally published Sep 14, 2018 Renowned British silver and goldsmith, Jocelyn Burton was the first woman to be made a freeman of the worshipful company of Goldsmiths an organisation that has had a men-only membership since it’s [...]

Interview with Megan Swann

March 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

At the age of 22, Magician, Megan Swann became the first (and youngest) female officer appointed by The Magic Circle, the UK’s internationally-renowned magical society. Her appointment came over 100 years after The Magic Circle was established in [...]

2019 Round Up in Pictures

January 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

‘2019’ was an amazing full on year for the 100 First Women Portraits exhibition! Over 104,000 people have seen the 100 portraits which, so far, have traveled from the West to the East and back again – via the Midlands. Following a [...]

Interview with Janice Long

June 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

In 1983, Janice Long became the first woman to present the seminal British TV music show, Top of The Pops. Her arrival marked the end of a 19-year run of the show’s male presenters in a male-dominated industry. She was the only female presenter of [...]

Interview with Dr Sarah Buck OBE

May 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Involved in the design and supervision of a wide range of civil and structural projects over a 40-year career, in 1983 Sarah Buck became the first woman council member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), an organisation with over [...]

First Women – what a year!

January 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A decade ago, I began this project journey, not knowing what would happen but knowing that First Women had its own spirit and that, come what may, I would follow its lead. The images of 100 women: and in their images, their stories, [...]

Interview with Moira Cameron

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Moira Cameron made history in 2007 as the first woman to become a Yeoman Warder in HM Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London. One of 35 ‘Beefeaters’, for the first time since 1485 she broke the run of all-male Yeoman Warders. She talks [...]