Building a New Women's Movement
A century after the first votes, half a century after women’s liberation, what can women leaders of today learn from the struggles of the past?
Fiona Mactaggart, former Labour Minister for Women and Equalities, leading women’s rights advocate, and newly appointed chair of Fawcett Society, will be speaking at our Leaders Now breakfast event on the 17th of July hosted by House of St Barnabas. The talk will provide an engaging and invigorating take on the importance of leadership in the women’s movement while asking the following questions: how will we build the women’s movement of tomorrow? What can contemporary women leaders learn from the challenges and accomplishments of the past women’s liberation movement? And what part does leadership play in all this?
Leaders Now is a series of breakfast meetings aimed at the social sector and is run in partnership with The House of St Barnabas; the Soho based charity, whose not-for-profit members’ club is run as a social enterprise to help London’s homelessness back into lasting work. These influential figures share insights into their leadership journeys, and guests have the opportunity to engage in discussion and question and answer sessions in an intimate setting.
The free breakfast meetings are a networking space for those interested in or working for the social sector. Through the partnership with The House of Saint Barnabas the events bring together current and aspiring leaders to encourage new thinking and collaboration about social and ethical leadership.
Fiona Mactaggart is the former Labour MP for Slough, currently acting as Chair of Fawcett Society, Agenda, and Commonweal Housing, and board member of Battersea Arts Centre and Omnibus Theatre. Throughout her political career, she has acted as Home Office Minister and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and has centred her work on campaigning for women’s rights and combating inequality, injustice, and discrimination. Her professional history includes a great record of representing women’s interests in the political sphere, evidenced by her notable campaigns to end violence against women and girls, as well as by her initiation of Labour's Older Women Commission.