international women's day 2011

Exhibition at City Hall of 40 of the capital’s most influential women over the last 100 years closes on 17th March 2011

Posted on: 16 March 2011

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated the amazing achievements of London’s women to mark International Women’s Day 2011

The remarkable women included in the exhibition are leaders in their fields and have made a significant contribution within their chosen areas. The exhibition includes trailblazer Dany Cotton, who, as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, is the highest ranking female in the London Fire Brigade. At the vanguard of human rights is Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty who is also included.

Other incredible women who are notable for their exceptional talents and achievements are Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, Olympic gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes, ground-breaking artist, Tracey Emin, the first female Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange, Dame Clara Furse, dot.com pioneer, Martha Lane Fox and Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement, which helped women win the right to vote. The sphere of religion is epitomized by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin who was made a chaplain to the Queen in 2007. The fields of fashion and music are well represented by Kate Moss and RnB fusion artist MIA as well as Hackney-born singer, Leona Lewis.

The exhibition consists of women who have a strong connection to the capital, whether they were born Londoners or have become Londoners through living in this great city. It covers 100 years of women’s history and celebrates inspiring London women of all ages from diverse backgrounds.

Metro readers are being asked to vote for their favourite or most influential woman of the last century on their website and the result will be published on International Women’s Day.

The exhibition also coincides with the first anniversary of the Mayor publishing London’s first ever strategy to tackle violence against women. Since then London has been leading the way in improving the response to violence against women and girls.

Since the plan was published, the Mayor has quadrupled rape crisis provision in the capital by opening three new Rape Crisis Centres and expanding the Croydon Rape Crisis Centre. He has also launched a new Rape Crisis London website to improve access to these services. Prevention is at the heart of the Mayor’s strategy and he has worked with partners to raise awareness of sexual consent amongst young people. Partnership activity has also been established to prevent and respond to the issue of human trafficking ahead of the London 2012 Games when there may be an increase in this activity. The Mayor is providing leadership on this issue and is working continuously to ensure that tackling violence against women is a priority across London.

Notes:

    1. The exhibition of inspiring women runs at City Hall closes on 17 March 2011.
    2. Metro Newspaper and the Press Association are both media partners for the exhibition. To take part in the Metro vote for the most influential woman of the past 100 years go to: www.metro.co.uk/influential
    3. The Mayor’s strategy for tackling violence against women; The Way Forward: taking action to end violence against women can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/thewayforward.
    4. The London violence against women and girls panel, established in 2010 to oversee the delivery of the Mayor’s strategy has been working in partnership to improve strategic coordination of London’s response to gender-based violence.
    5. Information about the rape crisis centres can be found here: www.rapecrisislondon.org

See also: Guardian 100 most influential women

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