The Fawcett Lecture: In conversation with Dame Jenni Murray DBE

Date: Monday 7th of March 2016, 18.30pm
Venue: Beveridge Hall, University of London, Senate House

Knowledge Quarter partner, Royal Holloway – University of London,  presents FAWCETT LECTURE: In conversation with Dame Jenni Murray DBE.

Dr Anna Whitelock, Director of Royal Holloway’s Centre for Public History, will guide the conversation.

Author and broadcaster Jenni Murray, has presented Woman’s Hour for more than 28 years. She has lived through the evolution of feminism during the second half of the 20th century and is in a unique position to discuss women, then and now, and to reflect on her own life and experiences as a feminist, reluctant wife, devoted mother, and ‘Not so Dutiful’ daughter. What does Dame Jenni make of the new wave of feminism, the role of men, the current debates on gender fluidity, the Women’s Equality Party, Everyday Sexism, Hilary for President, the role of older women, equal pay, the right to die and the perennial question; what do women want?

Admission free, but pre-booking is essential.

The Fawcett Lecture is named after Dame Millicent Fawcett GBE, English suffragist, political and union leader and writer. The Fawcett Lecture was endowed in 1929 by Theresa Gosse, an alumna of Bedford College, one of Royal Holloway’s founding institutions. It deals with ‘the change in the position of women’, reflecting the wishes of its benefactor, Miss Gosse, who wrote in 1929: ‘I find that the young woman of the present day has as a rule a serious blank in her knowledge. She sees only the present conditions around her, and very naturally takes for granted, her education, her political enfranchisement, her personal liberty, etc, because she knows nothing of the past; and of the heroic century-long struggle that won all these things for her’.

The Fawcett Lecture is part of Royal Holloway’s Women Inspire campaign.