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Women's History Month 2019

Women in History: An Exhibition of Cartoons
Friday 1 - Sunday 31 March
An exhibition of cartoons by female cartoonists and illustrators, curated by the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation. The work of many of these cartoonists is regularly published in the press, publishing and broadcast media
Idea Store Canary Wharf

We Can Do Anything: Incredible Women Who Changed the World
Friday 1 - Sunday 31 March
Part of Women’s History Month
Did you know the first computer programmer was a woman? … And the athlete with the longest winning streak in the world…. And the world’s most successful pirate. Come and be inspired in this one off display in the childrens area and take out books about these and other women.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Exhibition: Stargazing - Women Observe the Universe
Friday 1 - Sunday 31 March
Local artist, Jane Roberts, has combined her current interest in astronomical imagery with an invitation to show her work in Women's History Month. She has created a large scale piece re-interpreting scientific photographs of Nebula - the birth place of stars - to celebrate Women Astronomers over last 1500 years.
Idea Store Watney Market

Print Workshop - Empowering Women
Friday 1 March, 6:00 - 8:30pm
This is a creative print workshop that explores how women have been portrayed and how identity is both an important message not only to oneself but also empowering to others. The aim of the workshop is to produce a printed poster that encourages women to feel empowered. The resulting posters will be displayed at Idea Store Chrisp Street. Adults only,
The Shadwell Centre

The Modern Suffragette
Saturday 2 - Sunday 31 March
Inspired by the photographs of Suffragette and photographer Norah Smyth, 7 women from London have produced images around the theme of ‘What would the Suffragettes have photographed today?’ Learning to use analogue cameras and traditional black and white darkroom techniques, the group have taken and printed their own photographs for this exhibition.
Idea Store Bow

Women’s History Month Conversation Club
Mondays in March, 2:00 - 3:00pm
In this month’s Conversation club, we’ll talking about how Women have played in an important part in our history and continue to do so. You’ll be able to meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club. For speakers of other languages.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Remarkable Life of Nellie Cressall
Thursday 7 March, 10:30am - 12:00pm
On the occasion of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Island History Trust talk about the struggles and achievements of Nellie Cressall, a prominent member of the suffragette movement who was imprisoned for her activities in the 1920s. She spent her last years on the Isle of Dogs, where she has an apartment block named after her.
Cubitt Town Library

Julie Begum: Indian Suffragettes
Thursday 7 March, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Although popular Suffragette legend might have you believing only white women were entrenched in the cause for women’s suffrage in Britain, there were a number of Indian suffragettes and suffragists who took part. Most notably, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, helped lead marches and played up her perceived ‘exoticness’ in order to bring much-needed attention to the movement. For this International Women’s day event, we will shed light on some of hercontributions, as well as that of the other wealthy Indian women fighting for suffrage in the 1900s to 1910s.
Idea Store Watney Market

International Women’s Day [Ages 5+]
Friday 8 March, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Join us in celebration the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Tell us who inspires you and why? Choose an inspirational woman from the present day or the past and write an acrostic poem about them using the letters of their name.
Idea Store Bow

Exhibition: Sarah Chapman, Matchgirl - Story of a Strike Leader
Friday 8 - Friday 29 March
March is Women's History Month! And we've got  a brand new exhibition on our first floor landing bringng a new personal slant to the famous Match Girls' Strike of 1888, this time from the perspective of local, working class girl Sarah Chapman of Mile End. Sarah was among the factory workers who met with the Directors of Bryant and May and courageously argued for better terms and working conditions. Sarah’s legacy continues today, but her role has been largely unnoticed until now.
Local History Library and Archives

Exhibition Launch
Friday 8 March, 6:00 - 7:30pm
All are welcome to join us the preview of our new Sarah Chapman exhibition with a welcome from her great-grand-daughter Sam Johnson, a poetry reading by Anne Cooper and storytelling by Sinead O'Brien. Please email if you intend to come.
Local History Library and Archives

Women’s Craft Day – A Full Day Workshop
Saturday 9 March, 10:30am - 3::30pm
A day filled with crafting handy for Mother's day or other celebratory gifting. The day encompasses Decoupage, Gifting Cards, Quilling and Glass Painting. Materials will be supplied. All welcome.
The Shadwell Centre

Art Club: Portraits of Women in the family [Ages 5+]
Sunday 10 March, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Come and join us celebrate Women’s History month in our Art Club. We will be drawing portraits of women in our family. It could be your Mother, Aunt, Sister or Grandmother.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Talk: An evening with Cate Tuitt
Thursday 14 March, 6.30-7.30 
Join us for what is bound to be a fantastic discussion of reflection and insight from the first Black female councillor in Tower Hamlets. Cate Tuitt started out as an activist in the 1980s, campaigning to investigate racial discrimination and deaths in police custody. Cate became interested in law when she became a trustee at CAPA (Community Action Police Accountability). At the age of 16 she was the youngest trustee on the board. Witness to many racially motivated attacks and crimes, and noticing that the law did not always bring justice to these crimes, she was inspired to go into local politics, becoming the first female black councillor in Tower Hamlets in 1996. Free, no booking required.
Local History Library and Archives

Film Screening and Q&A
Women: A Success Story and Q&A session with director Ceri Dingle
Tuesday 19 March, 6.30pm
Women: a success story – a liberating tale for a new generation, documents the great advances made by women over the past 100 years. The film confronts contemporary myths and prejudices that suggest the world is awash with predators, misogyny and discrimination. Forged as a timeline, interwoven with archive, forty women give us a fresh perspective, tell us we have nothing to fear and can do anything. From across the generations, they share their life stories, what they overcame and what’s changed. We learn of women in the cotton mills, life during the war, the 1984 miners’ strike, from outdoor loos, terry nappies and illegal abortions to pre-marital sex, freedom and making it in what was once a man’s world
Idea Store Chrisp Street


Bookgroup - Joining the Dots: A Woman in Her Time by Juliet Gardiner
Wednesday 20 March, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Part of Women’s History Month
Juliet Gardiner, one of Britain’s leading social historians, takes a lyrical look at the changes to women’s lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last six decades. All our welcome to join the discussion in this Women’s-History-Month-themed meeting.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Famished - A musical poetry reading by Cherry Smyth
Thursday 21 March, 6:30pm
Belfast poet and art critic Cherry Smyth explores female contribution to surviving the Irish famine in an extract from a long poetic sequence, with accompanying music
Idea Store Whitechapel

Talk: Discovering Sarah Chapman
Thursday 21 March, 6:30 - 7:45pm
Sam Johnson, the great-grand daughter of the 1888 Match Strike leader Sarah Chapman and Anna Robinson, Senior Lecturer at University of East London will share their journeys in discovering the vital but largely unnoticed story of political activist Sarah Chapman.
Local History Library and Archives

Have women achieved equality in the workplace?
Thursday 21 March, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Join Angelina Leatherbarrow Idea Store Business Development Manager and Chair of Romford Constituency Labour Party, and Hasina Zaman who became one of the first young women of Bangladeshi heritage to work for Tower Hamlets Council as a youth and community worker, sports leader and later on as a welfare advisor in the early 1980’s. They will be celebrating Women’s achievements, exploring how far gender roles have changed over the last 40 years and the impact the Women’s Lives Matters campaign has had on equality.
Idea Store Watney Market

Turn Your Pain into Power
Saturday 23 March 3:00 - 5:00pm
“Every women has the capacity to move mountains if she finds the courage within herself to become a little resilient and turn her pain into power” 
Marzana Rahman will share her story about how her determination not to be defined by her abusive past led her on a journey of battling loneliness, learning about self-love, empowerment and advocacy which gave her the courage to challenge the stiff upper lip attitude on divorce and domestic violence within the South Asian community. This talk and workshop will teach you about how a positive mind -frame is the first step in achieving anything that you want in life. 
Free to attend but booking is required.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Film Screening: Kathleen Wrsam
Thursday 28 March, 6.00-7.45pm
A participatory session hosted by Numbi Arts, exploring rare film archive and library materials to piece together the incredible story of Kathleen Wrsama who came from Ethiopia via Yorkshire to set up one of the first lodging houses for Somali seamen in the East End and, in the 1950s, helped to establish the so-called Stepney Coloured People’s Association.
Doors open at 6pm with the opportunity to have a look at relevant materials from the collections, including the archive of Stepney social activist Edith Ramsay. The documentary screening will begin at 6.30 followed by a Q&A and creative response activity. Free, no booking required.
Local History Library and Archives