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Essex women featured in ‘100 First Women Portraits’

25 Jan Essex women featured in ‘100 First Women Portraits’

A decade-long project to capture the portraits of 100 pioneering women of the 21st century has culminated in a striking new exhibition which can be seen at Palace House in Newmarket from 14 February (until 10 June).

The exhibition, appropriately titled 100 First Women Portraits, was created to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act by photographer Anita Corbin.

It includes Suzi Quatro (First Woman to play bass in and front a Rock n Roll Band), Rachel Whiteread (First Woman to win the Turner Prize), Deta Hedman (First Woman to defeat a man in a televised UK open darts championship) and Dame Angela Strank (First Woman Vice President of oils and lubes at BP plc) who are all from, or now live in, Essex.

First Women UK also features portraits from famous personalities from across the decades from the worlds of sport, media, the military, faith, business, arts, music – from 70’s rocker Suzi Quatro to poker star Victoria Coren-Mitchell, newscaster Angela Rippon to First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams to First Women UK patron Betty Boothroyd