Where And How To Celebrate Women's History Month 2023 In London

By Aidan Walsh Last edited 7 months ago
Where And How To Celebrate Women's History Month 2023 In London
A woman studies a wall of vibrant paintings
Image: Guy Bell

March is Women's History Month (WHM), and London has no shortage of events to commemorate female contributions to history all month.

Whether you're up for a lecture, a stroll through an exhibit, a screening, or a bike ride, read below for more on how you can celebrate WHM and International Women’s Day.

8 March, by the way, is International Women's Day — officially recognised since 1975 by the United Nations, and in 1996 — it was tied to an annual theme. 2023's theme is #EmbraceEquity.

Celebrate Women's History Month this March

A woman at her stall at WOW Marketplace, selling jewellery
WOW Marketplace returns to Women of the World festival. © Ellie Kurtt
  • View Dr. Nydia A. Swaby's moving image artwork, enjoy a cuppa and a croissant at artist Mary Evans's breakfast club, do a painting workshop with Anita Taylor, and listen to free women's history lectures at the Royal Museums Greenwich (various dates)
  • Look Up London hosts exclusive walking tours in areas such as the Square Mile and Bankside throughout the month to share inspiring stories from London-centric women (various dates)
  • Get yourself to the Laugh-Able Comedy night at Wanstead Library, a 'BYOB mental health and disability' comedy night, featuring Sarah Mills, Leslie Gold and others (1 March)
  • Battersea Power Station is holding a Prince's Trust International Women's Day Marketplace, selling candles, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, and food and drink crafted by young women (3-4 March)

  • Delve into diaries, scrapbooks, pamphlets, photographs and journals at Bishopsgate Institute, to discover the workplace experiences of women between the 1880s and the 1970s. Jobs included police officers, sex workers and fur pullers (4 March)
  • Women, non-binary people and their allies are invited to join in a group hour-long bike ride around central London landmarks, as a celebration of WHM and in a call for safe cycling for everyone, with London Cycling Campaign (5 March)
  • Celebrate the music of female artists and WHM with a headline performance from Madison Cunningham, plus TYSON, Tawiah, Tara Lily and Rosie Frater-Taylor at the Barbican (8 March)
  • Listen to the 1880s 'Female Hysteria' Lectures creatively re-enacted into concert form by Héloïse Werner for International Women’s Day at Wigmore Hall (8 March)
Black and white image of women working in a factory
© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
  • Grab some popcorn for a screening of The Teckman Mystery, directed by Wendy Toye, at BFI Southbank (8 March)

  • Looking for your next artistic talking point? Discover something at Battersea's Affordable Art Fair, which features an exhibition of living women and female-identifying artists — including Soozy Barker, Margaux Carpentier and Clare Packer (9-12 March)
  • Converse with artists, participate in workshops, enjoy live performances, and shop at WOW Marketplace at Southbank Centre's three-day Women of the World festival celebrating women, girls, and non-binary people (10-12 March)
  • WHM-from-anywhere! A live and remote tour hosted by the National Gallery's Educator Fiona Alderton discusses its most iconic paintings representing women in art (13 March)
  • Speak your truth and listen to others at Redbridge Central Library's WHM-inspired open mic night, where stories and poems celebrating women are shared (14 March)
  • Grow your connections and hear the voices and stories of women in Loft's health and technology networking event and panel (23 March)
  • Hear impactful stories about four Black women, and how their stories interlink and have travelled across the world, as told by historian Selena Carty at National Maritime Museum (25 March)

Read about more great London women

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The alternative tube map switches out the 272 tube stations we know, for the names of well-known (and should-be-well-known) women and non-binary people.

Plenty of Londonist articles to get stuck into:

Last Updated 20 March 2023