March 2011

Calendar showing Women’s History Month events across the UK:


Tuesday, 1st March
27 February – 25 March: Design window by innovatory hair accessory dresser Jo Thorne, Canary Wharf Window Galleries, Jubilee Walk, Canary Wharf Retail Mall, E14 5AB Canary Wharf tube.  Open daily 7am-11pm. FREE.

1-31 March: Alternative Arts’ WISEWORDSCelebrating women writers, performers and artists with a delightfully diverse line-up of events and exhibitions in selected East End venues during Women’s History Month.

Throughout March: Hand Made Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts (until 20 April) and Crafted Footnotes (until 26 March), The Women’s Library,  Old Castle Street, E1 7NT. Providing an insight into the crafts practiced by women over the past hundred years, exhibitions open Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30, Thurs until 8pm, Sat 10am-4pm. FREE.

1-15 March: Alix Edwards photography exhibition, Hackney Central Library & Museum, Reading Lane, E8 1GQ. Exhibition of vibrant colourful macro images, open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm. FREE.

Throughout March: Mona Hatoum: Current Disturbance (until 6 March), Bethan Huws: Capelgwyn (until 18 March), Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans (until 2 May), Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. Exhibitions open Tues-Sun 11am-6pm, Thurs until 9pm. FREE.

Throughout March –  Left Foot Forward will be profiling historical women every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Read the series so far. Free Online Series

Wednesday, 2nd March
5:30pm: Norah Schuster Prize meeting, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE. Short paper presentations on the activities of the Birth Control Campaign in Britain between 1971-1974, diet during pregnancy and the opinions of doctors on the forcible feeding of suffragettes.

6:30pm: WISEWORDS bookclub, The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG. Elizabeth Haynes, a police intelligence analyst, presents her first novel Into the Darkest Corner. FREE.

2pm – 5pm: National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2JH. Celebrating Women in Film. Chase Johnston-Lynch from Square One Pictures (a production company in Liverpool) will be giving a talk about female film stars Hattie McDaniels to Dorothy Dandridge, who inspired such stars as Angela Bassett and Halle Berry by paving the way for Black women in the film industry today. Being screened as part of Film Club is Soul Food. Centring on the trials of an extended African-American family, longstanding family traditions begin to fade as serious problems take centre stage.

Thursday, 3rd March
3-31 March: Hidden Traffic: an exhibition of photography by Catherine Dupuy. Photography of underground London, including the ghostly images of Greenwich underground foot tunnel, with which she won the Photomonth Assignment Award 2010. Open Mon-Fri 8am-12 midnight, Sat & Sun 9.30am-12 midnight.

10am-12pm: Bow Belles, Tower Hamlets Idea Store Bow, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, London, E3 5ES. Screening of a film about a group of older women by Hi8tus. FREE.

6:30pm: Jessica Francis Kane talks about The Report, Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0HL. The Report is a novel based around the Bethnal Green tube disaster, which had a high number of female deaths. FREE.

7pm: Artists Tour of Crafted Footnotes with Nicola Malkin, The Women’s Library,  Old Castle Street, E1 7NT. Exploring Nicola Malkin’s wonderfully created pieces in unexpected places. FREE.

6pm to 7.30 pm Make History Workshops Launch Event, 6pm to 7.30pm (£3/Free), Glasgow Women’s Library.  Find out more about Women Make History and what you want from the exciting new programme of workshops.

Friday, 4th March
4 March – 2 April: CAST: Aidan McNeill solo exhibition, Payne Shurvell Gallery, 16 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN. Aidan McNeill explores perceptions of spectacle in the context of staged action and repetition with large-scale photographic work and video produced during a live West End performance. Open Wed-Sat 11am–6pm. FREE.

7:00pm: BlueGiro, Bondgate Methodist Church Hall, Darlington. Open Clasp, the North East’s only professional women’s theatre company, presents a drama piece deals with the issue of sexual violence and aims to expose the myths that protect perpetrators of sexual violence.

7:30pm: WISEWORDS Comedy Night, featuring Lucy Porter, Carly Smallman and Suzi Ruffell. The Rich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. £10/£8.

Saturday, 5th March
11am – 6pm: Sugar and Spice: Celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day. Sugar & Spice 5, LGF, Number 5, Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3HF. The chance to get involved in a fantastic range of workshops, discussions and taster sessions, including assertiveness and self defence, starting a family and good sexual health.  The Pankhurst Centre will be on hand to tell us about the history of the women’s movement.

11am: Mexican Wave: Sheffield WAVES action for International Women’s Day, Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield. Come and take part in our Mexican Wave at around 1pm outside the Town Hall. Please bring any brightly cloth you have to help make WAVES with visual impact! The event starts at 11am and includes great speakers and storytellers such as Debjani Chetterjee and Marina Lewycka.

12-5pm: Million Women Rise march, meet at Hyde Park, Speakers Corner, London. Annual march to end male violence against women. FREE.

1:30-4pm: Life in a Handbag, Wallace Space, Duke’s road, London, WC1H 9PN. As bits and pieces of a woman’s personality and life come together in her handbag, explore self-development using the ‘handbag’ metaphor. Includes short talks, meditations and reflective exercises. FREE.

6:00pm: International Women’s Day celebration – Waltham Forest. Walthamstow Academy, Billet Road, London, E17 5DP. 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with entertainment, stalls and a buffet. £5

1, 2, 3pm: Keep your eyes on the prize, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool,  Hear the inspiring story of Diane Nash and her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.

All day – 10 pharmacies in Nottingham giving out prescription bags with information on about domestic violence and about men taking responsibility to help end male violence against women.  There are also buses taking women and children to the Million Women March on 5th March.

Sunday, 6th March
11am: Guided walk: Wonderful women of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. The Women’s Library, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT.
From Eva Luckes and Edith Cavell at the London Hospital, politics with Annie Besant, philanthropy with Mary Hughes and Miriam Moses to the modern creativity of Monica Ali and Tracey Emin. £10.

1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm: ‘Deeds not words’ Merseyside Maritime Museum On 6 February 1918 the right to vote was finally granted to British women. Hear the fascinating story of the suffragette’s struggle and discover more about their activities in Liverpool.

Monday, 7th March
7-11 March: International Women’s Week Commemoration for Suffragettes, Bath. A week of events commemorating over 60 suffragettes who were recovering from the harsh treatment they had received while imprisoned for their political activism at Eagle House in Batheaston, Somerset.

7-11 March: Celebrating 100 Years of IWD: Women’s Voices 2011 – Glamorgan, Glamorgan Business School. A week of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

All day: Every woman’s right to learn, Methodist Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH. All day conference marking IWD. FREE.

6pm: Norwich Women from History walk, Norwich. A walk through Norwich with local genealogist/historian Gill Blanchard to learn more about the women who formed part of our history in Norwich. £15.

6pm: TUC celebrates 100 years of IWD, Congress House, London. Speakers: Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC; Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities; Fatima Del Rosario Herrera Olea, SITAG (Agricultural Workers Union, Peru); Margaret Browne Secretary of Women’s Committee, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and President of the Irish Bank Officials Association; Pemba Lama, Deputy General Secretary of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions. FREE.

7.45- 8.45 pm Contemporary Lesbian Fiction – An audience with Ellen Galford
North Chingford Library, The Green, Station Road,  Chingford. E4 7EN
Ellen Galford will read from her works, including ‘The Dyke and the Dybbuk’, and discuss what it was like to be an author of’contemporary lesbian fiction’ in the ‘80s & ‘90s. For more information contact  the library on 020 8496 1070. Free event.

Tuesday, 8th March (International Women’s Day)
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Wednesday, 9th March
10am-12pm: Women’s Poetry Circle, Ponders End United Reform Church Hall, College Court, EN3 4EY, (opposite Ponders End Library). Come and hear a collection of poems. Feel free to bring and read your own poetry. Organised by Enfield Women’s centre. £1.50.

12:30pm: Norwich Business Womens Network Lunch, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral. A talk by Claire Martinsen of Breckland Orchard, female entrepreneur and EDP New Business Award Winner 2010. £15.

5pm: The Wages of Care: Reproductive Labour as Fictitious Commodity, Room 3, Mill Lane, Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge. One of a series of lectures taking place in Cambridge in March 2011 on ‘Women’s Rights in the 21st Century’.

6pm: IWD vigil against violence against women, Edith Cavell Statue, opposite the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London. Join a coalition of 8 women’s organisations for this vigil. FREE.

6:30pm: Wisewords bookclub, The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG. Carol Dyhohuse discusses her book Glamour: Social History, Women and Feminism (Zed Books). FREE.

7pm: Are women changing science?, ICA, London. To celebrate the achievements of women in science and to discuss their continuing under-representation we will be joined by some of Britain’s brightest thinkers. Each ticket comes with a free copy of the Suffrage Science. £12/£11.

7pm: Hurried Steps, by Dacia Maraini, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EA. In this play, Italy’s foremost playwright and advocate of women’s rights tells the true stories of women from around the world who have been victims of violence. FREE.

7pm-9pm: Nina Power at Nottingham Contemporary, The Space, Weekday Cross
Nottingham, NG1 2GB. Nina Power comes to talk at Nottingham Contemporary during the exhibition of the work of Anne Collier. FREE.

All day: Bath In Time: The Planting of the Suffragettes’ Arboretum at Eagle House, Batheaston, (1909-12) Exhibition of Photos and Original Plaques in Bath Central Library [exhibition open daily until Saturday, 12 Mar.]

Thursday, 10th March
10-12 March: That Takes Ovaries!, Unity Theatre, Liverpool. ‘That Takes Ovaries! ‘ is a  celebration of women‘s courage, perseverance and down right outrageousness! Consisting of women’s real life stories from around the world. £12/£10.

10-16 March: She Said exhibition, Outside World gallery, 44 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DP. Group show celebrating the joy of text in mixed media exploring words in all their forms, from typography through to paintings based on found words and performance by up to 12 women artists including Catie Halpin, Julieta Hernandez and Jemma Foster. Open 12 noon-6pm. FREE.

10am-5pm: Feminist activism in Leeds exhibition, Brotherton Room, Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeeds, LS2 9JT. Feminist Archive North is organising an exhibition of posters, postcards, teeshirts, newsletters on feminist activism in Leeds from 1970 to the present day. FREE.

12:30pm: Is a feminist approach to medical education possible?, Aladdins Caf, Magdalen Street, Norwich. A talk by Dr Andrea Stockl. FREE.

1pm: Let’s celebrate IWD together, Refugee Therapy Centre, 1a Leeds Place, Tollington Park, London N4 3RF. Our get-together at RTC will be a truly international celebration for refugee women. All women are welcome to join us for eating, drinking (non-alcoholic), listening to music, dancing and chatting. FREE.

5pm: No One Killed Jessica film screening, Nehru Centre, London. With Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan, organised by the Women’s India Association of the UK. FREE.

6pm: Words and Women, The Express Library, Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich. Norfolk women writers read from their work to celebrate the 100th anniversary of IWD. FREE.

6pm: Hidden Herstories, women of change, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham. The Nottingham Women’s History Group presents a film revealing how the achievements of Claudia Jones, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Jayaben Desai and Octavia Hill had significant international impact on the issues of race relations and social poverty. FREE.

7:30pm: WISEWORDS Open Mic Night, Vibe Bar, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL. £3/£2.

Friday, 11th March
11-13 March: WOW – Women of the World festival, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London, SE1 8XX. A joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women. The festival will present, recognise and celebrate women, and act as a conversation space for issues of all kinds. £30/£15 for 3 day pass.

8am: IWD City of London Champagne breakfast, Old Library, Speakers in the Great Hall, Guildhall, London EC2P. A champagne breakfast and a chance to view a variety of informative stalls as well as network with men and women from organisations around the City. The event this year will be chaired by BBC news presenter and Refuge patron Fiona Bruce. £35 (donation to Refuge).

12:30pm: Women and the Glass Ceiling, Aladdins Caf, Magdalen Street, Norwich. A Talk by Dr Sara Connolly. FREE.

5:30pm: Women and the economy, St Andrews House, Norwich, NR2 4TP. A discussion about the current economic opportunities for women. £7.50.

2.30 p.m: Bath Spa University, Suffragettes’ Tree Commemorative Planting, BSU University Campus, 4.00 p.m: Panel: Dr Cynthia Hammond, ‘The Suffragettes’ Tree (reprise); Prof. June Hannam (UWE), Did it matter? Women’s struggle for the Vote, 1900-1918.

Saturday, 12th March
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Sunday, 13th March
3pm: Made in Dagenham film screening, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge.
The recently acclaimed film, Made in Dagenham, is based on the strike in 1968 at the Ford motor plant in which female staff went on strike for equal pay. The discussion which follows will consider ‘How far have we come?’

Monday, 14th March

Tuesday, 15th March
7pm: Pink Saris film screening, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA. A screening and discussion of Kim Longinotto’s film about the all female vigilante Gulabi Gang. FREE (£5 donation to Women’s Action Network requested).

7pm: Breaking the Silence; Naomi Alderman, Sarah Blake, Elif Shafak and Homa Khaleeli, Woolfson & Tay, 12 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN. A discussion on women and self-censorship, in celebration of International Women’s Day. £5/ £3.

Wednesday, 16th March
5pm: Between Marketisation and Social Protection: Ambivalences of Feminism in the Context of Capitalist Crisis, Room 3, Mill Lane, Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge. One of a series of lectures taking place in Cambridge in March 2011 on ‘Women’s Rights in the 21st Century’.

6:30pm: Wisewords bookclub, The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG. Jay Merrill presents Jay LIVE (Salt Publishing) with authors Elizabeth Baines, Tania Hershman, Susannah Rickards, Sarah Salway and Catherine Smith. FREE.

Thursday, 17th March
1:30-6pm: Symposium: Women’s Rights in the 21st Century, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge.

6:30pm: Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their place in history, with Louise Raw. Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE. In July 1888, 1400 women and girls employed by the matchmakers Bryant and May walked out of their East End factory and into the history books. FREE.

7pm: Women as Agents of Change, 14th Commonwealth lecture with Sonia Gandhi, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY. Sonia Gandhi will consider how the role of women in society can have a positive impact on social, economic and political progress with Commonwealth countries. FREE.

Friday, 18th March

Saturday, 19th March
10.30-2.30 Women of Faith Together as Peacemakers, St Edmunds Hall, Croyland Road, Edmonton London N9 7EN.  An opportunity to listen and share ideas for a hopeful future.  Guest Speakers include Councillor Kate Anolue, London Borough of Enfield, Sahdia Khan, Aik Saath; Caroline Wilson, Women in Black; Hadiya Masieh, Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) and Women ARTogether. This is a women only event. Vegetarian lunch. Childcare provided – please contact to arrange. FREE.

19-20 March: Dannielle Hodson exhibition, Outside World gallery, 44 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DP. Paintings & works by ex-prisoner Danielle exploring her journey of emancipation. FREE.

Sunday, 20th March

Monday, 21st March
21-27 March: Climate Week. We know women are disproportionately affected by climate changes. Get involved in Climate Week.

Tuesday, 22nd March

Wednesday, 23rd March
10am-12noon: Women’s Coffee Morning, Held at Ponders End United Reform Church Hall, College Court, EN3 4EY, (opposite Ponders End Library). These coffee mornings take place every other Wednesday morning.  £1.50

6:30pm: Wisewords bookclub, The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG. Grey Hen Press presents an evening of exciting new work by older women with 10 of their best poets who say it with style. FREE.

Thursday, 24th March
6:20pm: Incendies film screening, Curzon, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award-nominated Incendies shifts back and forth in time to unravel one woman’s mysterious past – and reveal a powerful story of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

24-29 March: Sachistyling exhibition, Outside World gallery, 44 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DP. Pop Up Shop by fashion designer Sachi Loggia. FREE.7:30pm: Exiled Writers: Food for the body and mind, Railroad Café – Restaurant, 120 Morning Lane, London, E9 6LH. With exiled women poets & writers Rahila Khalwa from Japan, Nigar Hasan-Zadeh from Azerbaijan and Mehrangiz Rassapour from Iran. £4 entrance, plus cost of food.

Friday, 25th March
6:15pm: Granito film screening, ICA, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: The UK Premiere of Pamela Yates’ latest documentary Granito shows the powerful impact women around the world are having on the fight for human rights and accountability. It tells the story of how the director’s earlier film, When the Mountains Tremble, became forensic evidence in a genocide case against the very military dictator who initially gave Yates permission to film.

Saturday, 26th March
4pm: Granito film screening, Curzon Soho, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: The UK Premiere of Pamela Yates’ latest documentary Granito shows the powerful impact women around the world are having on the fight for human rights and accountability. It tells the story of how the director’s earlier film, When the Mountains Tremble, became forensic evidence in a genocide case against the very military dictator who initially gave Yates permission to film.

7-9pm, 26 & 27 March: Suffragettes on Trial, Galleries of Justice Museum, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HN. An interactive trial, this fantastic showcase will follow the history of the trial and the wonderful achievements of the suffragette’s often fighting in the face of strong adversity.

Sunday, 27th March
Science in the Parlour: Darwin’s Women Correspondents, South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, SE24 9AQ. A study of three of the women scientists Darwin corresponded with.

6pm: When We Leave film screening, ICA, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Feo Aladag’s acclaimed drama When We Leave follows the story of a woman who leaves her violent husband only to experience unexpectedly harsh consequences.

6:30pm: Seizing the screen, Juno Bar, 134 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE.
Seizing the Screen is an all female hip-hop film screening to take place in London especially for Women’s History Month in March. We welcome an audience of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes and everything in between to experience the roles of women in hip-hop internationally.

Playlist – Theatre503 at The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BW A show to mark International Women’s Month. The best new and established female writers have each been invited to create a new play, inspired by songs written or performed by women. As always, the play must be no longer in running time than the song that inspired it, and the plays will be directed by the best emerging female directors around. Writers include:Bola Agbaje; Erin Carter; Charlotte Essex; Karis Halsall; Anna Jordan; Hannah Mulder; Nessah Muthy; Sian Owen; Lola Stephenson ;Roz Wyllie

Monday, 28th March

Playlist – Theatre503 at The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BW See Sunday 27th for details.

Tuesday, 29th March
6:30pm: When We Leave film screening, Curzon Soho, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Feo Aladag’s acclaimed drama When We Leave follows the story of a woman who leaves her violent husband only to experience unexpectedly harsh consequences.

6:30pm: The Life and Times of Stella Browne: Feminist and Free Spirit, with Lesley Hall. Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE. Pro-choice advocacy in the UK owes an enormous debt to Stella Browne, the first woman in Britain to argue for the legalisation of abortion at a time when contraception was still discussed in hushed whispers. FREE.

Wednesday, 30th March
6:30pm: !Women Art Revolution film screening, ICA, London. Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Lynn Hershman Leeson joins us for a one-off screening of her remarkable tribute to the feminist art movement. Forty years in the making, this incredible documentary raises vital questions about gender politics, equality and freedom of expression.

6:30pm: Wisewords bookclub, The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG. Karen French discusses her book Gateway to the Heavens in which she expresses her lifelong passion for the simple patterns that underlie our lives. FREE.

Thursday, 31st March