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Edge Hill highlights agents of change this International Women’s Day

February 16, 2023

Inspirational women who are pushing boundaries and breaking glass ceilings across a variety of fields are being celebrated by Edge Hill University this International Women’s Day. 

The University is highlighting female agents of change, including campaigners for social change and women working in data science and the arts, who will be sharing their motivational stories in a series of free events on campus. 

The first event, Agents of Change, is a panel event on Tuesday 7 March bringing together three inspirational women activists for a discussion and Q&A to share what inspired them to campaign, the hurdles they faced and how they overcame them. 

They are: 

  • Natalie Denny, founder of The Period Project Merseyside charity which campaigns to end period poverty, and co-founder of the Goddess Projects which works with women of colour to help empower, inspire and assist them to achieve their goals; 
  • Michelle Livesey, chief reporter at Hits Radio, who campaigned for changes to the law following the murder of Clare Woods by her partner; 
  • and Alice Jackson, founder of the award-winning Strut Safe phone service set up after the murder of Sarah Everard. 

Women in STEM – Celebrating Careers in Data Science (Wednesday 8 March) will feature talks by Sarah Mitchell and Rachael Hardman from Peak, an artificiaI intelligence company. They will discuss their careers, the pathways which lead to successful careers in the traditionally male dominated data science industry and the importance of diversity in data science. 

Dr Sarah Williamson, known as Art Activist Barbie, is a teacher, publisher, presenter and exhibitor in the field of arts, society and education. On Wednesday 8 March, she will discuss her mission to explore art activism and ‘good activism’ for social justice and a better world through her innovative and imaginative work which stages Barbie dolls in museums and art galleries. This is the latest event in the Good Society series led by the University’s Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR). 

The programme’s finale event is Women in the Archives (Thursday 9 March) where Edge Hill’s Research Catalyst group will share the findings of a study, funded by the ISR, into the experiences of over 1,400 women who studied at Edge Hill College between 1885-1909, many of whom were pioneers for choosing to dedicate their lives to their work. This talk, part of a wider exploration of Edge Hill’s archives across the day, will also highlight the importance of Edge Hill as an emerging provider and innovator of teacher training and as a supporter of the schools and communities these women joined. 

Lynda Brady, Pro Vice-Chancellor, said:

“This comprehensive programme of events illustrates how closely Edge Hill’s ethos aligns with the objectives of International Women’s Day. 

“We have been educating, empowering and celebrating women for more than 130 years and I hope our celebrations will inspire the next generation of campaigners for real change.” 

Edge Hill’s Law Students Society is also hosting a panel and networking event (Wednesday 8 March) featuring representatives from the legal profession and the police. 

Register your attendance here.

February 16, 2023


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