Where are the women?

Location: The Cambridge Union

Date(s): Sun 15 November - Sun 15 November

Time: 1:00 - 5:30

Event Details:


This lively afternoon conference, convened by Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, will address some of the issues and choices facing women from work to the challenges of caring. An outstanding panel of speakers will lead discussions on working in frontline politics and public life, and on the impact of women in the new world of work and social media. It will also look at the caring challenges faced by all women at all stages of their life.

The conference will end with ‘How to achieve Women’s Equality’, a debate chaired by Jackie Ashley.

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Jackie Ashley is the eighth President of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge. She has been a high-profile political journalist and commentator for ITN, Channel 4 News, the BBC, the New Statesman and the Guardian. She has campaigned for better rights for women, for equal pay, for carers and for older women and health issues.

Speakers include:

Harriet Harman MP is a Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham. She was Deputy Leader of the Labour party for 8 years, most recently serving as its Interim Leader. A passionate campaigner for equality, she has held a myriad of government posts, including Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Health and Minister for Women.

http://www.harrietharman.org/ Twitter icon @HarrietHarman

Martha Kearney presents The World At One on Radio Four and is one of the BBC’s most respected political journalists. She is also a regular presenter of BBC2 arts programmes and literary documentaries. A keen apiarist, Martha has fronted a number of BBC programmes about bees.

Twitter icon@Marthakearney

Caroline Criado-Perez OBE is a freelance journalist and feminist campaigner.  She writes across the major national news publications and regularly appears in both print and broadcast as a commentator. Her book, ‘Do it like a woman … and change the world’ was published by Granta in May 2015.

www.carolinecriadoperez.comTwitter icon@CCriadoPerez

Polly Toynbee (The Guardian) is a political and social commentator, appearing weekly in The Guardian, and was previously the BBC Social Affairs Editor. She is vice president of the British Humanist Association and Chair of the Brighton Dome and Festival. Her books include, ‘A Working Life’ and ‘Hard Work’. Books with David Walker include 2015’s ‘Cameron’s Coup’. 

Twitter icon@pollytoynbee

Dr Sue Black (Tech evangelist) set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCS Women and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park. Now a social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker, she featured as a mentor in the BBC’s Girls Can Code series, designed to inspire a new generation of women to get into tech.

https://aboutme/sueblackTwitter @Dr_Black

Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party) is leader of the newly formed Women’s Equality Party. As a journalist, she has reported on international business, politics and trade. She is an ambassador for the National Austistic Society, and has written a blog/book “Grace under Pressure” recounting life with her daughter who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

www.womensequality.org.uk www.authorsophiewalker.com Twitter icon@SophieRunning

Amanda Platell (Daily Mail) is a leading commentator for the Daily Mail. Between 1999 and 2001 she was Press Secretary to William Hague, then leader of the British Conservative Party. 

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown MBE (The Independent) is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author and is an outspoken speaker on issues of multiculturalism, immigration and social justice.  She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK and President of the Institute of Family Therapy.

http://alibhai-brown.com/  Twitter icon@y_alibhai

Hannah Rothschild is a writer, filmmaker and company director. Hannah is the co-founder of the Artist on Film Trust, is a trustee of The National Gallery, Tate and Waddesdon Manor and a Board member of the Creative Industries Federation. In August 2015 she became Chair of the Trustees of the National Gallery. Her recent novel, The Improbability of Love, has been widely praised. www.hannahrothschild.com Twitter icon@RothschildHan

Suzanne Evans is Deputy Chair and Head of Policy of UK Independence Party. Formerly, a Conservative, she switched to UKIP in 2013. Prior to her career in Politics, she was a journalist working for the BBC and a freelance public relations and marketing consultant.

Twitter icon@SuzanneEvans1

Ayesha Hazarika is Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman. She was formerly Chief Press Officer to Patricia Hewitt and worked at the Home Office and Downing Street. Previously she was a stand-up comedian, making it to the semi-final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny competition in 2003.

Twitter icon@ayeshahazarika

Heléna Herklots is the Chief Executive of Carers UK which ensures that the needs of carers are brought to the attention of policy-makers, the media and general public. She co-chairs the Department of Health Care and Support Transformation Group, and serves on a number of other advisory groups covering policy, research and practice.

www.carersuk.orgTwitter icon@HelenaHerklots

Maria Miller MP (former Culture Secretary) is the Conservative MP for Basingstoke. Since 2005, she has held a number of ministerial roles, most recently Minister for Women and Equalities.  She was Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament and supported the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association ‘s work with international women parliamentarians. www.maria4basingstoke.co.uk Twitter icon@Maria_MillerMP

Sara Nathan was the first woman to edit a TV network news programme, as Editor of Channel 4 News. Since then she has developed a career in public life, serving on the Ofcom and other boards. As a founder member of the Judicial Appointments Commission and now a Public Appointments Assessor, she's particularly interested in diversity in senior appointments.

Twitter icon @SCNathan

Sally Page is an entrepreneur who believes most women are the sum of many parts. Founder of PLOOMS fountain pen company, she has also photographed and written a series of books about flower shops, created a unique charity event for London (10km, 10 iconic stores!) and has advised many brands about market research.

www.plooms.co.uk Twitter icon @ploomspens

Hannan Bardell MP is a Scottish National Party politician and the MP for Livingston. Having worked for Alex Salmond and Ian Hudghton MEP for three years in his constituency office she then worked for the US State Department in their Edinburgh Consulate. She was selected to contest the Livingston seat in the 2015 election, polling 32,736 and 56.9% of the vote – the fourth largest majority in Scotland.

Twitter icon@hannahb4livimp

Plus: Jane Hawking (Author/Educator), Anne-Marie Imafidon of the Stemettes ... and many more.

The conference is in celebration of the 50th anniversaries of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, the BBC World at One, and Carers UK, and is sponsored by The Rothschild Foundation, Astra Zeneca and BBC Worldwide

The conference is being held at the Cambridge Union. For more information on getting to the Union please see their website.

Enquiries and booking:

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Tickets will be £16 (£8 concessions).​

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