100 Women. 100 Firsts. 100 Portraits. One City.

Liverpool is set to host a very special exhibition celebrating 100 women who achieved the ‘first’ in their field of expertise.

The First Women exhibition is heading to St George’s Hall from Wednesday 19 June until Tuesday 27 August and features 100 striking images captured by internationally acclaimed photographer Anita Corbin.

The FREE exhibition will feature portraits of celebrities, personalities and unsung heroines who have made history with their achievements.

The project has taken more than a decade to collate, and the showcase includes portraits of:

  • The Rt. Hon. Baroness Betty Boothroyd OM PC – the first woman speaker of the House of Commons.
  • Nicola Adams – the first woman in the world to win an Olympic Gold medal in boxing.
  • Bellatrix – the first UK woman to become world champion beatboxer.
  • Janice Long – the first woman to present BBC’s Top of the Pops.
  • Dame Stella Rimington DCB – first female Director General of MI5.
  • Commander Karen Dalton-Fyfe RM – first woman to command a naval base.
  • Michelle Parker – the first professional blacksmith to be appointed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths – in their 700 year history.
  • Pauline Clare – the first woman to become a Chief Constable in the police service.
  • Deta Hedman – the first woman to defeat a man in a televised UK major open darts championship.
  • Carolynn Sells – first woman to win the Manx Grand Prix TT motorcycle race.

The aim of the exhibition is to provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women, helping them gain an understanding and what can be achieved – regardless of gender.

It forms part of RISE which is a programme of events paying homage to extraordinary women from Liverpool and from around the world with the aim to inspire, educate and empower others – regardless of their age or gender.

For the latest information about RISE, visit www.riseliverpool.co.uk, or follow @RISE_Liverpool on Twitter and Instagram.

RISE has been curated by Liverpool City Council and funded by Arts Council England. Other partners include Open Eye Gallery, University of Liverpool, The Women’s Organisation, Blackburne House, Northern Power Women, Merseyside Women of the Year, The Girls Network and the Mayoral Club.

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