CENL Event

13th March 2021

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights

The fight for women’s rights is unfinished business

From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, this new exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. Join the live debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world for everyone.

Be inspired by those who paved the way. Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford University. Hope Powell, the first British woman to gain the highest European football coaching license. Meet Suffragettes such as Sophia Duleep Singh and challengers of recent years such as those behind the No More Page 3 campaign.

Explore the work of contemporary activist groups working online and offline today. Get to grips with the causes they fight for, from ending period poverty and supporting refugee women to securing abortion rights and increasing the number of women and girls involved in science.

Works from artists including Khadija Saye and Jo Spence explore how art gives voice to the fight for bodily autonomy and self-representation.  Protest fashion and banners created by organisations such as direct-action group Sisters Uncut, human rights advocates Southall Black Sisters, and the Women’s Liberation Movement are among the many diverse items featured in the exhibition.

Recognising that inequality is experienced differently depending on race, gender identity, class and sexuality, this exhibition celebrates those who have struggled to overcome the barriers to living a fully-realised life.

Lead partner:

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Generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker

This exhibition includes some items relating to the body, sexual and domestic violence, abortion, sex work and enslavement. 

Includes some items relating to the body, sexual and domestic violence, abortion, sex work and enslavement.


Name: Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights
Where: PACCAR 1
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: Open now – 
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Price: Full Price: £15.00
Student: £7.50
Registered Unemployed: £7.50
Disabled: £7.50
National Art Pass Senior: £7.00
Child (0-11) : £0.00
Child (12-17): £7.50
National Art Pass: £7.50
Senior (60+): £14.00
Young Person (18-25): £7.50

A voluntary donation can be added over the regular ticket price. You will be helping the Library to conserve and share its collection. If you are a UK tax-payer and ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, the Library can reclaim the tax you have paid.

Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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