On Saturday 24 June the College saw the culmination of a year-long programme of events to mark the anniversary of the admission of women as students to King’s. The Festival of 50 Years of Women at King’s brought together scholars, writers, musicians, poets and changemakers for an inspiring and life-affirming day of talks, conversations, tours and exhibitions to celebrate the impact of King’s women and to address the inequalities that remain.
A jam-packed day kicked off with a fascinating talk from historian Lucy Delap and Fellows Tess Adkins, Rosanna Omitowoju and Stephen Hugh-Jones on the history of women at King’s and the landmark decisions that led up to 1972. In the early evening, the event was rounded off by a session where we asked “what’s next for gender equality at King’s?”, with contributions from Senior Tutor Myfanwy Hill, Fellows Gillian Griffiths and Anne Davis, and recent graduate Brenna Salkin.
Throughout the day we were motivated, informed and entertained by the more than 80 King’s students, staff, Fellows and alumnae who participated in over 40 different events, ranging from tours of the College with Bye-Fellow Sophie Pickford, looking at works of art both by and of women, to tall tales inspired by the former Provost of King’s, M.R. James, from storyteller Lara McClure.
The full programme can be found below.