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A book celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage and championing the visibility of women. Portraits by UK female photographers.
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To mark 100 years since the suffrage movement, the '209 Women' book celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage and seeks to champion the visibility of women: particularly in  areas that are still largely male dominated such as politics and the arts. A collective of women photographers from across the UK formed to make and mark history by creating photographic portraits of the current female Members of Parliament. 

Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point photographed by Reme Campos
Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point photographed by Reme Campos

Women form 51% of the population, but only 32% of our MPs are women.

Reward Print #1 Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South photographed by Hilary Wood
Reward Print #1 Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South photographed by Hilary Wood
eward print #2 Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire photographed by Jane Hilton
eward print #2 Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire photographed by Jane Hilton

The exhibition launched on 14 December at the Palace of Westminster, 100 years to the day that the first women walked into polling stations to cast their votes. This book is the lasting legacy of this historical project, it is an opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made towards gender parity, whilst also highlighting how much more needs to be done, across all spheres of society, each and every day.

Photography is a tremendously powerful medium of communication, yet all too often we see images in which women have had their agency denied. All the women in this project – both MPs and photographers – worked together to create images that communicated their identities on their terms: their own sense of justice, their own vision for a better world.

From emerging to established photographers from across the UK, this is the first time all these 207 photographers have been shown together - making the project and book a milestone in photography history.

Speaking about the project, Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline, said: 

“To represent and be presented for what we are - as women, by women - is a very special thing. This is what 209 women is all about.”

Reward print #3 Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford photographed by Hannah Starkey
Reward print #3 Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford photographed by Hannah Starkey
Reward print #4 Tulip Sidiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, photographed by Jillian Edelstein.
Reward print #4 Tulip Sidiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, photographed by Jillian Edelstein.
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham photographed by Lottie Davies
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham photographed by Lottie Davies
Priti Patel, MP for Witham photographed by Rhiannon Adam
Priti Patel, MP for Witham photographed by Rhiannon Adam
Liz Kendall. MP for Leicester West photographed by Laura Hynd
Liz Kendall. MP for Leicester West photographed by Laura Hynd
Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent photographed by Polly Penrose
Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent photographed by Polly Penrose
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central photographed by Tereza Cervenova
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central photographed by Tereza Cervenova
Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble photographed by Julia Fullerton-Batten
Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble photographed by Julia Fullerton-Batten

209 Women was founded and directed by Hilary Wood. It is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, The Sorority, Royal Photographic Society and Liverpool City Council.

Curatorial team: Hilary Wood, Tracy Marshall (Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman, Lisa Tse (The Sorority) and Ambassador Rosemary Reed (Power of Women).

Special 209 Women tote bag (see rewards).
Special 209 Women tote bag (see rewards).

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