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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

And the Tour continues… The Visible Girls showcase at #PunkLondon!

June 27, 2016

35 years on, the Visible Girls are still drawing crowds. This time, it was the punks taking centre stage at the Punk Weekender. The event was held at The Photographers’ Gallery in central London, the original independent gallery dedicated to the photographic image. It wasn’t their first visit, either. It was in 1984 that the Visible Girls first adorned those walls and there they were again, 32 years later: Shelley and Di, Badger and Maria, Margi and Samantha – not framed prints this read more

Education, Education, Education!

June 24, 2016

One of our core values at the First Women project is education. Education about the pioneering spirit and the socio-historical role of women. Education to help us better understand our culture and its values. Education to engender the passion to ask questions, provoke thought and instigate discussion on these topics. All of this ultimately brings about progress, cultural evolution, and positive change, subjects close to the heart of the First Women project. In this spirit, it has been a 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

Metro Imaging Private View, London, April 2016

April 27, 2016

Over my 35-year career as a photographer, I have walked through Metro Imaging’s doors hundreds of times. But tonight was special. Tonight, those doors were emblazoned with the striking images of ‘Lynne and Penny’, two of my Visible Girls photographs on public show tonight for the first time in 35 years. An hour or so later would see the arrival of a BBC TV crew (headed by David Sillito), two documentary filmmakers, a host of over 100 excited visitors and – most importantly – a read more

Remembering Zaha Hadid – First Woman to win the RIBA Royal Gold Medal

April 4, 2016

Zaha Hadid was the definitive ‘First Woman’. Innovative, pioneering, courageous, she pushed the boundaries of the creative and survived – even thrived – in a tough, strenuously competitive environment as first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize for Architecture and just this year the first woman to win the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. From the beginning I wanted to celebrate Zaha by including her portrait within the First Women Project and had chased her for five years! Zaha read more

Interview with Jenny Eclair

March 21, 2016

Comedian, TV presenter, author – and First Woman to win the prestigious Edinburgh Festival comedy award in its 15 year history. Jenny speaks to ‘First Women’ from her home in London where, she assures us, ‘there are still no diamond-studded loo seats.’ ‘I can still remember wining the Perrier’ It was a genuinely exciting moment. Yes, the fact that I was the first woman was at the front of my mind because the press had made such a hoo-ha about it. I’d had a read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day with the launch of our new digital archive

March 7, 2016

As International Women’s Day pledges to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women; Anita Corbin’s “First Women” project launches a new digital archive which allows the community to contribute its own recollections, images and documentary material via our Archive Portal. The new digital archive has been designed to allow everyone to make their mark on the First Women project by raiding their cupboards, drawers and attics to find their own forgotten read more

Interview with Kim Cotton

March 3, 2016

30 years ago, Kim Cotton became the UK’s first surrogate mother. Despite considering herself ‘just an ordinary woman’, the repercussions of her ‘first’ changed history forever.  Choosing to conceive and birth a child on behalf of another couple, Kim Cotton arguably pioneered the modern acceptance of a practice that at the time was hugely controversial. Kim’s choice met  an enormous wave of public reaction – from admiration and empathy to outrage and read more
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