How women have shaped London
Many of London’s galleries, theaters and restaurants are headed by women. From our own CEO and founder, Merilee, to the Tate’s new director, it’s safe to say that female-headed organisations and events in London are amongst the best in the world.
So we’ve taken a look at the stellar attractions in London’s cultural scene, but also the local venues and more unknown draws created, directed and imagined by women. We’re proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th.
London’s art galleries
There have been some improvements of late that have led to a proliferation of women within the industry. Last year Jennifer Scott became director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, said to be the world’s oldest purpose-built gallery. It’s currently displaying a comprehensive exhibition of Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), exploring her experimental use of abstraction in landscapes and portraiture that saw her displayed alongside the likes of Picasso and Matisse.
Business and creative industry
The importance of women in business was raised in December by our CEO and founder, Merilee Karr. She appeared on a panel organised by the FutureProof Foundation in partnership with Empower Women, a UN Women global initiative, and spoke to an audience of young, aspiring female entrepreneurs on what it takes to achieve success as businesswomen in the UK. Guests sitting on the panel included Angelica Malin, founder of About Time magazine, and Ella Woodward, author of the Deliciously Ella series.
Sport has also struggled to reach parity between men and women in terms of participation, but this, too, is changing in London. The launch of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign has given real momentum to efforts to encourage women – and, crucially, girls – to become more involved with sport and exercise. London Sport is the local body that directs funding towards sport, and they have chosen nine organisations to help encourage female participation. A useful tool for finding local sports clubs, teams and venues aimed at women is provided by Get Active London.