Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights

Friday, April 24th, 2020 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, this new exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK today has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights.

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

Take to the keyboard and the streets by exploring 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 securing abortion rights to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour.

Marvel at the ingenuity, creativity and tenacity that fuels protest art. Organisations as diverse as direct action group Sisters Uncut, human rights advocates Southall Black Sisters, and the Women’s Liberation Movement showcase their interpretations on protest fashion and banners.  Feel the emotion displayed by artists such as Khadija Saye and Jo Spence.  

Recognising that inequality is unequally distributed depending on a myriad of different social constructs, the exhibition explores how formative experiences such as education, gender identity and sexuality have been controlled and manipulated in different ways for different groups. This exhibition celebrates those who have overcome these barriers.

Join the live debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world for everyone.

Please note: this exhibition includes some items relating to the body, sexual and domestic violence, abortion, sex work and enslavement. 

09:30 - 18:00

PACCAR 1
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Kings Cross

London, UK

51.5299658, -0.12767340000005