Interview with Dame Inga Beale

April 12, 2018

Businesswoman Dame Inga Beale was the first woman to be made CEO of insurance giant Lloyds of London where, for over 320 years men have been at the helm. First Women asks Inga for her learnt insights regarding risk, ambition and what a woman has bought to the modern incarnation of an organisation over three centuries old. I’m not sure I was directly inspired by anyone when I was growing up But what I do know is that my home environment was very safe and free. Being enabled to follow my own read more

Exhibition Launch: Dyson Gallery, London – 20th July 2018

April 2, 2018

‘First Women UK’ will be exhibiting the full 100 portraits in a striking and immersive exhibition at the Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art in London from the 20th July 2018 to the 22nd August. Free entry. To mark the anniversary of the centenary of women’s ‘right to vote’, photographer Anita Corbin officially unveils her empowering 10 year project documenting 100 pioneering 21st Century women who have achieved the landmark title ‘First Woman’ across a range of read more

How your organisation can partner with First Women

April 1, 2018

As part of the 2018 celebrations we have a range of corporate packages available including, sponsorship, media partnerships and exclusive events. Our sponsorship opportunities are for the world premier exhibition and UK tour primarily, but we are also interested in connecting with organisations that would fund the education arm of First Women UK or become annual donors. It is important to us that we actively collaborate with our sponsors so that we have an organic relationship. We want to read more

International Women’s Day 2018

March 9, 2018

We had a busy week helping to celebrate and raise awareness for this year’s International Women’s Day. Here are some of the highlights including the Lloyds “Putting your Future First” event, Anita giving the address in Truro Cathedral to inspire pupils of Truro High School for Girls and joining 300 women at the Chartered Institute of Insurers event where we had a First Women Stand. read more

Interview with Louise Goodman

March 2, 2018

The first woman to take part in a Formula One pit-stop and also the first to present the motorsport on television, Louise Goodman expresses her surprise that anyone should think that the only women in Formula One are ‘the dolly birds parading round the grid’. Maybe I’m a bit naïve but I’m very surprised when people say motor racing is a man’s sport It is a sport and it is a business and fundamentally both of these things are non-gender specific. In this day and age most women own read more

Striking New Exhibition of 100 iconic portraits of ‘First Women’ from across the UK

January 31, 2018

Marking the 100th year of Women’s Suffrage (6th February 2018) To mark the anniversary of the centenary of women’s ‘right to vote’ , photographer Anita Corbin officially unveils her empowering 10 year project documenting 100 pioneering 21st Century women who have achieved the landmark title ‘First Woman’ across a range of disciplines including sport, media, military, faith, business, arts, music and politics. Ordinary women achieving extraordinary things. ‘First Women UK’ will read more

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles

January 24, 2018

The First Woman to be made commander at Sandhurst New College Military Academy in its 300-year history. Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles celebrates the five women that inspired her to her achievement.   My Mother ‘She is the constant, stable presence. Whether you do something utterly stupid or totally amazing, she’ll say: ‘don’t worry, I know who you are and I love you unconditionally’. Mum was a nurse and I remember the first time I saw her resuscitate someone on a bus when were read more

First Women Portrait Featured in BBC’s Fern Britton Meets…

December 20, 2017

In a particularly inspiring 1 hour episode of Fern Britton Meets…, First Women’s portrait of Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin is featured documented her becoming the First Woman Speaker’s Chaplain to the House of Commons since 1660. In this frank and uplifting interview Rev Rose talked passionately about her upbringing and experiences amongst communities and how quiet determination has led her towards her achievements. “When things are challenging you go back to your roots” This was a time read more

Double Interview with Sally Kettle and her Mum

December 8, 2017

Sally Kettle is an ocean rower and was the First Woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West. She made one of these extraordinary journeys with her mum. We interviewed Sally and her mum about the lessons learned during sea-bound solitude and managing frustration when you’re in Florida (but should actually be in Barbados.) Sally Kettle: ‘Therapeutic strops’ are helpful I am rubbish at managing frustration. It is one of the things I learnt about myself on the voyage. I am read more

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