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First Women

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

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

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

With Love From Violet…The Suffragist Connection

August 19, 2015

Anita talks about her family’s connections with Conway Hall, The Bonham Carters’ and the Suffragist Movement. “I grew up in a household of powerful women. An only child I spent a lot of time with my grandma and grandpa – him an amateur photographer – surrounded by images and albums, often chatting about their memories. My great-grandparents, Annie and Nicholas Lidstone, were big movers in the South Place Ethical Society. This was (and still is) a non-secular movement of read more

Interview with Sarah Outen

April 14, 2014

Sarah Dilys Outen is a British athlete and adventurer. She was the First Woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean – and the fourth ever to complete this crossing. In October 2015, Sarah completed her four-and-a-half year journey circumnavigating the globe using only a kayak, bike and rowing boat. She shares with us what her journeys have taught her (and why having a beard is not obligatory when setting out on a hard expedition…) ‘I was surprised that no woman had attempted to row read more