209 Women Exhibition

13th December 2018

DEpping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing is featured in the '209 Women' exhibition which is being held at Portcullis House, Westminster.

One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art is hosting the ‘209 Women’ exhibition until February 14.

Unveiled in time for the anniversary of the first election where some women could cast a vote, the exhibition features female MPs, all photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative.

February 6 this year marked exactly 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, with Parliament starting a year-long series of events and exhibitions commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.

November 21 marked 100 years since the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, which allowed women over 21 to become MPs on equal terms as men for the first time. 

The third centenary fell on December 14, 100 years on from the 1918 General Election when some women over 30 and all men over 21 were able to cast their first vote.

‘209 Women’ marks this significant moment in history whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society.  

A collective of women photographers from across the UK formed, volunteering their time to make and mark history, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and championing the visibility of women, particularly in environments that are still largely male-dominated.

The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority), and supported by Ambassador Rosemary Reed, Executive (Executive Producer and Founder of Power of Women series).

'209 Women’ is on display at Portcullis House. Free tickets are available on Parliament’s website.
The exhibition will then travel to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.  

‘209 Women’ is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council, the Royal Photographic Society and The Sorority.

The project is presented in association with brand Aston Martin Lagonda and Power of Women Series, and supported by Montessori St Nicholas. 

It is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council, The Royal Photographic Society and The Sorority.

For more on this event visit https://www.parliament.uk/209-women

Dame Eleanor Laing views her portrait in the 209 Women exhibition to mark 100 years since women gained the right to sit in Parliament.

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