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Anita Corbin’s decade-long project to capture the portraits of 100 pioneering women of the 21st century features celebrities and famous personalities from across the decades.

The exhibition was created in 2018 to mark the centenary commemoration of the Representation of the People Act, which granted the vote to women over 30 years old and paved the way for universal suffrage.

From women as diverse as The Rt Hon the Baroness Boothroyd OM, first woman Speaker of the House of Commons and TV quiz show host, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, to newscaster and Morecambe and Wise star-turn, Angela Rippon to writer and comedienne, Jenny Éclair, Corbin has documented a broad swathe of Britain’s foremost women.

There are plenty of sportswomen featured, including jockey Charlotte Budd (first woman to ride in the Grand National), Ann Packer (first UK woman to win a track gold medal at the Olympics), Deta Hedman (first woman to defeat a man in a televised UK open darts championship), and Nicola Adams OBE (first woman to win British Olympic and European Games boxing gold).

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