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Women's History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Gallery invited a series of contemporary voices to reflect on the inspirational women within our Collection.

Film Series

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we launched a short series of films featuring inspirational women that made their mark on the world. Our first In Conversation features Oxford vaccine creator, and recent recipient of the RSA Albert Medal, Professor Sarah Gilbert. Watch and be inspired.

In Conversation: Zenaida Yanowsky

Former Principal of The Royal Ballet, Zenaida Yanowsky reflects on an illustrious career, her creative process and working with photographer Rick Guest.

In Conversation: Amika George

We recently caught up with period poverty campaigner Amika George. She reflected on her role as a teen activist, her work with the Free Periods campaign, and her admiration for strike leader and workers' rights advocate Jayaben Desai.

In Conversation with Helena Bonham Carter

In this insightful interview actor Helena Bonham Carter reflects on her career, its beginnings, her recent role as Princess Margaret, and her inspirational grandmother, Violet.

In Conversation with Kanya King

In celebration of #womenshistorymonth​​, we recently caught up with the inspirational Kanya King, founder of #MOBO​​.

You can also explore further interviews and recordings about women artists and sitters produced in connection with other National Portrait Gallery initiatives:

The Making of a Pioneer: Podcasts

Interviews with Artists and Sitters

Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings audio recordings

London Walking Tours

Explore London and the pioneering women who lived and worked here on our walking tours. If you are not in London, enjoy the tour digitally by clicking through the stops!

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Virtual Tour

Katy Hessel, writer, curator and founder of @thegreatwomenartists, has chosen a selection of her favourite artists and creatives, all of which have made, or continue to make their mark on our cultural landscape. Read and enjoy.

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Our popular 100 Pioneering Women publication is available from the Gallery shop. From Elizabeth I to Zaha Hadid, the book celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history, highlighting not only well-known figures but also women whose stories have been forgotten.

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