Choosing to Challenge: Islington’s Inspirational Women (1547-2021)

 

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The theme of IWD 2021 is ‘Choosing to Challenge’. A challenged world is an alert world. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, and can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

Choosing to Challenge: Islington’s Inspirational Women (1547-2021) pays tribute to and celebrates Islington women who, over many centuries and across a variety of professions, ‘Chose to Challenge’. Among these are architects, artists, equality and human rights activists, explorers, egyptologists, health-care professionals, performers, philosophers, politicians, suffragettes, teachers, singers, theatre managers, and writers. All have accelerated women’s equality and helped towards creating an inclusive world.


Islington Women and Arts and Entertainment

Women Arts
Kate Greenaway, Marie Lloyd and Andrea Levy

Discover the stories of Kate Greenaway, Marie Lloyd, Andrea Levy and others who, choosing to challenge, were pioneers in Arts and Entertainment and whose achievements and legacies continue to inspire. Read more …


Islington Women and Education

Dame Alice Owen, Matilda Sharpe and Yvonne Conolly
Dame Alice Owen, Matilda Sharpe and Yvonne Conolly

Discover the stories of Dame Alice Owen, Matilda Sharpe, Yvonne Conolly and others who, choosing to challenge, were pioneers in Education and whose achievements and legacies continue to inspire. Read more …


Islington Women and Health Care

Health Care
Florence Keen, Lilian Lindsay and Marie Stopes

Discover the stories of Florence Keen, Lilian Lindsay and Marie Stopes who, choosing to challenge, were pioneers in Health Care provision at the start of the 20th Century and whose achievements and legacies continue to inspire. Read more …


Islington Women and International Influence

Chisholm, Lawrence and Hadid
Caroline Chisholm, Dorothy Lawrence and Zaha Hadid

Discover the stories of Caroline Chisholm, Dorothy Lawrence, Zaha Hadid and others who, choosing to challenge, were international pioneers and whose achievements and legacies continue to inspire. Read more …


Islington Women and Politics

Ethel Bentham, Catherine Griffiths and Valda James
Ethel Bentham, Catherine Griffiths and Valda James

Discover the stories of Ethel Bentham, Catherine Griffiths, Valda James and others who, choosing to challenge, were political pioneers and whose achievements and legacies continue to inspire. Read more …


Compiled by the Friends of Islington Museum / Islington Heritage Service (March 2021)

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