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Women's History Month 2018

Exhibition: Women on Strike
Friday 1 March - Saturday 31 March

Looking at the Matchgirls, Ford Dagenham and Grunwick
Idea Store Bow

Women's History Month Exhibition: Women of the East End
Thursday 1 March - Saturday 31 March

Local photographer Raju Vaidyanathan selects portraits of women from 1980s-2000s. Exhibited at Idea Store Canary Wharf through March.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Exhibition: Women from the East End in the Eighties
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 31 March
Local photographer and well known community volunteer Raju Vaidyanthan will show some of his vast collection of photos of East End Women from the 1980’s.
Idea Store Watney Market

Printmaking workshop: Portraits of Inspirational East End Women
Saturday 3 March, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
a creative workshop for participants to produce linocut portraits of inspirational women from the East End. Some of the resulting images may be kept for a future exhibition. Participants will create a one- or two-colour lino portrait by tracing images from your own photographs or those supplied from our collections onto lino. Cutting tools, lino and inks will be supplied. Open to all over the age of 12. This event is free of charge but booking is essential due to limited capacity - email or call 020 7364 1290 to book your place.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

So...What is it like to be a Woman?
Saturday 10 March, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Join Christina Simpson in this workshop to discuss what it is like to be a woman in society, consider how famous women in history are portrayed, debate beauty, identity and self-esteem. Finally asking how you see yourself and how to build confidence within us all.
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Women’s History Month - Women’s Dance Project
Sunday 11th March  11:15am - 1:15pm

Idea Store Whitechapel - Dance Studio
For females and Trans-women only.  All levels of experience welcomed, Adults only.
Performances:  17th March 2018,  Idea Store Whitechapel 4th floor 1.30pm and Idea Store Bow 3.30 main area.
The project will focus on enjoyment and learning simple movement phrases while working in a group. You will need:  Close-fitting T-shirt and leggings. (Cotton socks are fine). A notebook and a pen. A towel. A bottle of water – no other drinks are allowed in the dance studio.
We would expect all participants to be available on both dates and to perform at both venues on 17th March.
During the workshop on the first day, you will explore aspects related to what it is to be a woman through movement and simple dance routines. By the end of the workshop the whole group will have created a short dance which will be performed to members of the public in two of our learning centres, on 17th March 2018. The tutor will be there to guide you and support you alongside some members of our ‘Ideachor’ performance group.This is to celebrate womanhood and develop awareness about women's identity and diversity. You will be asked to sign an image and video consent form to allow Idea Store Learning to share any possible photos and or footage on our, marketing material, website and social media.
Idea Store Whitechapel Dance Studio

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Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights
Thursday 15 March, 7:00 - 8.30pm

Author Event: Abortion Wars, the fight for reproductive rights by Judith Orr
Britain's 1967 Abortion Act is 50 years old. It brought about profound social change, but the struggle for abortion rights is far from over. In this hard-hitting timely new book Judith Orr, leading pro-choice campaigner, argues that its time women had the right to control their fertility without the practical, legal and ideological barriers they have faced for generations
Idea Store Watney Market

So...What is it like to be a Woman?
Saturday 17 March, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Join Christina Simpson in this workshop to discuss what it is like to be a woman in society, consider how famous women in history are portrayed, debate beauty, identity and self-esteem. Finally asking how you see yourself and how to build confidence within us all.
Idea Store Bow

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible
Monday 19 March, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Host: Ceri Dingle
A screening of the film which charts the life, vital impact and work of Sylvia Pankhurst, the East End heroine, suffragette, internationalist and revolutionary. This documentary is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.
Idea Store Watney Market

Film Screening: Menstrual Man
Tuesday 20 March, 6.30pm

A visionary entrepreneur is empowering rural women across India, and helping to break down taboos around periods and menstruation. Engaging and timely, this award-winning documentary is a must-see. Free event, no booking required.
Idea Store Whitechapel

East London Suffragettes
Thursday 22 March, 7:00 - 8:30pm

To celebrate international women's day 2018 Sarah Jackson talks about her book ‘East London Suffragettes’ in which she talks about an extraordinary time in East London’s history and a courageous and creative group of forgotten East End rebels
Idea Store Watney Market

Why Should Women Write?
Saturday 24 March, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Women only writing workshop with Charlotte Latimer, aimed at women to discover women writers in history and consider why women should write. Participants will think about why they want to write and what they want to day. Exploring life themes we will consider what we can or are afraid to say. Everyone will outline a short story they have identified to take home with them.
Idea Store Bow

Author Event: Biographer Kathleen Connolly
Saturday 24 March, 2:00 - 3:00pm

A hundred years after the first women won the right to vote, this event explores the contribution of the socialist suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst.  Katherine Connelly, author of Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire, tells the inspiring story of Pankhurst’s creation of a militant mass movement of working-class suffragettes in East London, the huge campaigns they organised and the impact they had.
Idea Store Bow

The Inking Women: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain
Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm

Author event. The Inking Woman is a ground breaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few more anonymous ones, revealing a wealth of women’s wit and insight spanning 250 years. Join Nicola and Kate as they discuss their new book.
Idea Store Whitechapel