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Empower Her Voice: Mothers in the Arts

Despite being a hot topic for feminists of all creeds, the label "working mother" is still something of an enigma. Women often prefer not to discuss their work/family balance for fear of losing respect from colleagues or being tarred with the stereotype of the woman whose children distract her from work.

Empower Her Voice: Mothers in the Arts is an event that aims to provide a platform for women to talk frankly about their experiences of bringing up children whilst nurturing careers in the arts so as to expose the myriad challenges and benefits that can stem from balancing these two roles.

A panel of brilliant women will discuss all those matters that are so often turned a blind eye to regarding working mothers -  childcare, flexible working hours, self-employment and working within a team, maternity leave, guilt, stereotypes, pressure to be the "superwoman" and the inspiration that motherhood can yield.  Speakers include Fiammetta Rocco (Economist Arts and Books), Elif Shafak (author), Margy Kinmonth (film and television director), Joanna Kirk (artist), Martine Rose (fashion designer) and Alice Murphy (academic) chaired by Curator Tamar Clarke-Brown.

Empower Her Voice doesn't just mean those on stage. Pivotal to the event is the belief that everyone in attendance should be able to share their own ideas, it will be a unique opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds with similar interests to meet and chat, without the pressure that comes with a formal "networking event". 

Date: 26th April 2018

Location: Royal College of Art, (RCA White City, London, W12 7TU)

Time: 7.00-9.30pm

Drinks Reception: Drinks provided by Beavertown Brewery

Tickets: Click through to book tickets here.

The talk will be aiming to raise money to fund scholarships for girls to attend the Sanjan Nagar school based in Lahore in Pakistan which is part of the Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust, a UK registered charity (www.snpet.org). One scholarship costing £3,500 funds the entirety of a girl’s schooling.