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6 June - 6 June 2019

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7 June - 7 June 2019

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OPEN EYE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE: PORTRAITURE

29 May - 29 May 2019

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12 June - 22 June 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENTS – STEPHANIE WYNNE

1 April - 7 July 2019

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1 May - 31 May 2019

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VR — Wake Up Together (Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal)

23 April 2019

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OPEN SOURCE IN CONVERSATION: MARIE SMITH

30 May - 30 May 2019

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Belonging: Students of Whitby High School

18 April - 28 April 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 06 – MARIA ANSELL

1 April - 30 April 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 05 – ELIZABETH GLEAVE

1 March - 31 March 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 04 – LEIA MORRISON

1 February - 28 February 2019

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Here And Now

19 February - 23 February 2019

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PAULINE ROWE & DAVE LOCKWOOD – THE ALLOTMENTS

29 August - 28 September 2019

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Stephanie Wynne and Stephen McCoy — Triangulation

18 July - 22 August 2019

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TABITHA JUSSA & JOHN DAVIES – CAN’T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

6 June - 4 July 2019

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Yan Wang Preston — Forest

6 June - 30 August 2019

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LIZ HINGLEY – SHANGHAI SACRED

6 June - 25 September 2019

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Kinship

9 May - 7 July 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 03 – OLLIE HAYWARD

1 January - 31 January 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 02 – RACHEL GLASS

1 December - 31 December 2018

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209 Women

28 February - 14 April 2019

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE 01 – HEATHER GLAZZARD

1 November - 30 November 2018

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Where Things are Different

15 August 2017

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She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 10 February 2018

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Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

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DISTINCTLY

27 September - 24 November 2019

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209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

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XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

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HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

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New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

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SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

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‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

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14 July - 28 October 2018

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China Conversation

17 June 2018

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MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

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Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

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Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

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The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

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Ferry Folk

11 January - 25 March 2018

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Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

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Finding Fangorn

26 October - 26 November 2017

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Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

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OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

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Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

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40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

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North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

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Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

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Life Beyond Diagnosis

9 October 2016

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Sarah Champion MP, by Lottie Davis, September 2018

From 1918 to 209 Women: 100 Years of Women in Politics

209 Women is an upcoming exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery, launching at the end of February. This exhibition marks one hundred years since the first British women gained the right to vote in 1918.

Throughout the last century the role and rights of women have advanced significantly; the twentieth century saw more achievements for women’s rights in the UK than, perhaps, previous centuries combined. These advancements were not just political but social too, such as women’s workplace and reproductive rights. These achievements were milestones in the ongoing move towards gender equality in the UK.

2018 marked a hundred years since the Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918, the first of a number of political achievements for women. This act allowed British women to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections for the first time, although only certain women were granted the right to vote. Yet, despite the initial inequalities, the years of suffrage campaigning finally led to the right to vote for millions of women. In 1918 the Parliament Qualification of Women Act was also passed, allowing women to be elected into UK Parliament, making 2018 the centenary of one of the most significant milestones in UK political history, for women anyway. Yet, over a hundred years later British politics remains overwhelmingly patriarchal, with women making up only 32% of MPs. 209 Women aims to acknowledge how far we’ve come but also to illustrate just how much further we need to go.

With continued suffrage campaigning after 1918, women finally achieved universal voting rights with men in the UK by the 1928 Equal Franchise Act. The Life Peerages Act was passed in 1958 allowing women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time. This inclusion of women kickstarted the the breakdown of this traditional patriarchal system. By 1979 the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was elected. This illustrates the progression of women’s rights: at the beginning of 1918 women couldn’t even vote, yet in just over sixty years a woman is elected to represent the country.

As well as political achievements, women have also achieved social rights. In 1961 the contraceptive pill was made available to all on the NHS, sparking the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The pill has been called the ‘greatest scientific invention of the twentieth century’ by some due to the freedom it awarded millions of women. Similarly, the 1967 Abortion Act granted women the right to an abortion under certain conditions. This enabled women more autonomy over their own lives, not to mention their own bodies. Both allowed for choice and increased sexual equality with men. Women could now be freed from inescapable motherhood. This parliamentary act gained serious opposition, ‘the bill came under attack almost immediately, and this has continued to the present day with fifty attempts to restrict it’. Both the contraceptive pill and the Abortion Act received opposition, mainly from faith groups.

As well as reproductive rights, women also fought to secure gender equality in the workplace. In 1968 the Ford Dagenham sewing machinists’ strike over the lack of ‘sex equality’ led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act. The fight for equal pay often divided opinions as ‘not every trade union representative was initially supportive of what now seems obvious, that women and men should be paid the same rate for doing the same job.’ Yet in 2018 the gender pay gap in the UK was 17.9%, this again proves how far the UK has to go to achieve gender parity.

By the 21st century the inclusion of women in UK politics reached a record breaking level: there are currently 209 elected female MPs out of a total 650. Although this is a cause for celebration I can’t help noting that this is still only a fraction. UK politics is still dominated by men, we need more women in the political picture.

By Alisha Snozwell, University of Liverpool

 

Image: Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, by Lottie Davis

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