Today Tuesday 6th February marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, which gave some British women in the right to vote for the first time. Here at OxWIB we are incredibly excited about this milestone in British history. To celebrate, we've put together a list of a few of the things going on around Oxford today across the city centre, local theatres and Oxford colleges.
First of all, expect flags in suffragette colours flying around Oxford, including over the Town Hall and colleges such as Trinity. You can also visit Carfax at 5:30pm today to see the flashmob dressed as suffragettes who will be appearing before the celebration of the life of Olive Gibbs, former Lord Mayor of Oxford, which begins at 6pm.
The Oxford Playhouse continues its year-long festival of events celebrating women's voices and stories across history. Their headline event is 'On the March', a new drama offering a moving and insightful look at the battles for women's rights which have punctuated the last century. For more information on this and other events, click here.
Today Sommerville College is launching its 'Sommerville and Suffrage' programme. Check out their events.
This evening, St Hugh's College is hosting a roundtable discussion, 'One Hundred Years of Suffrage: Where to Next?' with a panel of distinguished Oxford alumnae, Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Shirley Williams, Jo Delahunty QC, and Sheila Forbes CBE. The event will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free to attend, but you need to register for a place at http://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/events/one-hundred-years-womens-suffrage-next/
Across the country, a commemorative 50pm coin will also be entering circulation later this year.
And what about OxWIB? Join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday 7th February, for our panel discussion 'Women in the Workplace', kindly hosted by EY. All genders are welcome for a discussion around a range of questions including: What is it like to work in professional services? Does your gender impact your working life? Do you believe in positive discrimination? You can
register your interest here.
Later this term we will also be hosting an Entrepreneurship Panel and an event for our Inpsiring Speakers series: Funke Abimbola MBE, a leading BAME lawyer and diversity campaigner.
See more events being held across the country.