Women’s history event asks ‘What’s with the male domination of public monuments?’

Tuesday 17 April 2018

How are women remembered, commemorated and celebrated in public? How is this different from historical commemorations of men?

These are among the questions that activist and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and leading feminist scholars will be discussing at a ‘Public commemoration and women’s history’ event at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) on 1 May, 6–7.30pm.

In this fourth-wave feminist moment of groundbreaking challenges to the status quo, including #metoo, #timesup, the global Women’s Marches and the direct action of campaigning groups like Sisters Uncut, there are still significant gaps between the public representation and memory of men and women.

During this important conversation at the IHR, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Caroline Criado Perez will discuss her successful campaign to put Jane Austen’s face on the £10 note, and to erect a memorial statue of Millicent Fawcett in London’s Parliament Square.

Central to Sarah Jackson’s contribution to the event is a debate about her ongoing work at the East End Women’s Museum. Dr Rebekah Higgitt will detail her struggle to have more English Heritage blue plaques dedicated to women, while Professor Rebecca Surender will talk about Oxford University’s ‘diversifying portraiture’ initiative, which aims to broaden the range of people represented around the university.

A century after women in the UK finally gained the right to the vote, the fight for gender equality in all spheres of public and private life continues. ‘Public commemoration and women’s history’ promises to be an important event attended by many of London’s leading feminist historians alongside Professor Jo Fox, IHR’s first female director in its 97-year history. A wine reception follows from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

This event is part of the IHR’s ‘Suffrage Series, 1918-2018’, a programme of talks, debates, lectures, walks and concerts marking the centenary and legacies of the Representation of the People Act, 1918.


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1. For further information, please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London. maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8859. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is one of nine member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, part of the University of London. Founded in 1921 by A. F. Pollard, the IHR is an important resource and meeting place for researchers from all over the world. Its mission is to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public, in the UK and internationally, and to provide institutional support and individual leadership for this broad historical community. For more information, please visit http://www.history.ac.uk/ or on Twitter at @ihr_history.

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