Exploring the roots of feminist activism within the complex history of women’s rights in the UK, Unfinished Business features the inspirational stories of women around the world who fought and continue to fight for equality.
The exhibition features the extraordinary stories of women who paved the way for feminism today, including Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford University, Hope Powell, the first woman to gain the highest European football coaching licence, and revolutionary Suffragettes such as Sophia Duleep Singh. Exploring bodily autonomy, education, protest and self-expression, the exhibition joins the women’s rights movements of the past with those of the present and the future, recognising the additional barriers in the fight for equality, such as gender identity, race, class and sexuality.
Dive into the life and work of activists fighting today, all working towards overcoming varying barriers to women’s rights, from striving to end period poverty, supporting women refugees and the No More Page 3 campaign, to encouraging more women into science and securing abortion rights.
The exhibition also demonstrates how art can be a powerful tool for change, promoting self-expression. There are protest banners and fashion items on display, such as works by feminist direct action group, Sisters Uncut, domestic violence outreach centre, Southall Black Sisters and the Women’s Liberation Movement. There are also featured works by Gambian-British photographer, Khadija Saye who lost her life in the Grenfell Tower disaster and documentary photographer, Jo Spence.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a season of digital events, with talks featuring singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, activist and feminist organiser Gloria Steinhem and writer and playwright, Khadijah Ibrahiim, among other voices on the subject of feminism and women’s rights.
Please note: this exhibition includes some items relating to the body, sexual and domestic violence, abortion, sex work and enslavement.