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First Women

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