Come along and spend a heart-warming afternoon in the company of inspiring staff, students, local published poets and authors, and members of the local community from all walks of life.
Join us in a celebration of the women who represent the female pioneering spirit, or who have been a source of inspiration in our lives. Each speaker will read or talk for between 10 and 15 minutes. There will be readings of poetry, prose, stories, music and much more.
Come along and spend a heart-warming afternoon in the company of some talented and inspiring members of the local community, research and teaching staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, musicians and local published poets and authors.
You'll be inspired by various aspects of the lives of:
- Jane Austen (1775 1817) - The English Novelist notable for her wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women.
- Amy Johnson (1903-1941) - Hull's pioneering female aviator and was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia.
- Dr Mary Murdoch (1864 - 1916) - Hull’s first female GP and highly respected and controversial campaigner for improvements in the health care of women and children.
- Dr Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) - American poet, memoirist, professor, actress, dancer, producer and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. Recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
- Toni Morrison (1931 - present) - Writer, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993), Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Professor, Recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
- Inspiring, important and influential female poets from the late 19th and early 20th century - including Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Mew, and H.D (H.D. ..Intrigued? All will be explained).
- Oprah Winfrey (1954 - present) - Businesswoman, multiple award-winning talk show host, actor, producer, director, philanthropist, recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. We could go on!
- Alice Walker (1944 - present) - Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist andauthor of 'The Color Purple', acclaimed poet and essayist, civil and women's rights activist, social worker, teacher and academic.
- Chrissie Hynde - American musician best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders.
- Betsy Greer - present day writer and craft activist who coined the term, "craftivism" in 2003 in order to join the separate spheres of craft and activism. Greer's favourite self-created definition of the term states: "craftivism is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite".
- Harriet Martineau - (1802-76), often cited as the first female sociologist, was in fact known for many things. She shot to fame in 1832 as a populariser of political economy, promoted the anti-slavery cause at home and in America, fell ill and claimed to have been cured by mesmerism, and began a new career as a journalist. Her Autobiography is a lively, outspoken commentary on many issues relevant to women.
- Gloria Steinem (1934 - present) - American feminist leader, social and political activist and journalist, who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Columnist for New York Magazine and Founder of Ms Magazine. Steinem continues to travel internationally speaking on issues around gender equality.
- Maura Laverty (1907 – 1966) – Irish author, journalist and broadcaster - Ireland’s first celebrity cook.
- Kitty Wilkinson (1786–1860) - Victorian sanitation pioneer known as the 'Saint of the Slums'. Kitty founded the first public washhouse in Liverpool, and later her efforts resulted in the opening of the first combined washhouse and public baths in the United Kingdom.
- Professor Tina Overton - Professor of Chemistry Education, PhD, FRSC, CChem, SFHEA, University of Monash, Australia.
- Professor Lillian McDermott - Professor of Physics and Director of the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington.
- An iconic "star" - with many surprising achievements. It's a secret until the day!
We'll be updating the website with the remaining details of who else will be considered as part of the event.
We really look forward to seeing you there!
Interval - 3.00 - 3.30pm
Refreshments will be provided during the interval. Ms Ilina Ivancheva, a music PhD student here at the University, will entertain us with her piano playing.
Places are limited to 68 so booking is essential. You will not unfortunately be able to turn up on the day. Book now.
We do not issue tickets. Once you have booked online using the link above, you will receive a confirmation email.
This is an OpenCampus event.