York Women's Conference

Date and time: 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 09:00 to 16:00


Priory Street Centre Priory Street York YO1 6ET

In 1918 women (aged over 30, with property) won the right to vote. The same year, other legislation allowed women to stand as MPs. This one-day conference at the Priory Street Centre invites women to explore how far we have come in the past century, and how far we still must go, to achieve full gender equality.

The conference programme includes a fantastic line-up of national and local women speakers, expert panels and workshops. Delegates will have the opportunity to network, debate, and share ideas for making a real difference to the lives of women. The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and a free specially designed cotton tote bag for all your conference papers!

Our keynote speaker is Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, who will be speaking on the history of women’s fight for equality since 1918, and the ongoing fight on for full gender equality.

Our two expert panels will consider and question the topics of: Women and Economics, Austerity and Brexit; and Women and Power, Crime and Justice. On our expert panels are: Roxanne Mashari of the Women’s Budget Group; Claire Ainsley, Executive Director at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Dr Charlotte O’Brien, Senior Lecturer, University of York Law School; Frances Crook, Chief Executive, The Howard League for Penal Reform; Sarah Hill, Chief Executive, Independent Domestic Abuse Service; and Rokaiya Khan – Chief Executive, Together Women www.togetherwomen.org.uk. Our three workshops will address the topics of: Everyday Feminism; Intersectionality; and Care.

There will be an excerpt from an exciting new play in development ‘Maiden Speeches’ by Hannah Davies – award-winning Poet and Playwright www.hannahdavies.work; and Rachael Maskell – MP York Central, York’s first ever woman MP, www.rachaelmaskell.com, will end the day with a call to arms – what happens next?

It promises to be an exhilarating day – a day to inform, educate and inspire!

Cost: £10 - £20