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Portraits of Women Who Were the First in Their Fields

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First Women” is a 10-year-long project that photographer Anita Corbin started back in 2008. By the time the work is finished in 2018, the 100-year mark for women’s suffrage in the UK, Corbin will have created 100 portraits of 100 women in the UK who are the first to achieve something in their field.

Corbin’s goal is that the images and stories will “provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women seeking an understanding of their own roles in a rapidly changing world in which equality is still an issue.”

First Women, The Collection, is about women’s achievements, and one woman’s exploration through the camera lens that endeavours to answer the question: How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? And who were these remarkable “first” women, what did they look like?

Lt. Becky Frater RN: The first woman to pilot a Black Cat helicopter.
Lt. Becky Frater RN: The first woman to pilot a Black Cat helicopter.
Jane Atkinson: The first woman in the world to manage a blast furnace.
Jane Atkinson: The first woman in the world to manage a blast furnace.
Laura Hirst: The first woman to be a permanent member of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band (formed 1881).
Laura Hirst: The first woman to be a permanent member of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band (formed 1881).
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin: The first woman to be speaker’s chaplain (House of Commons).
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin: The first woman to be speaker’s chaplain (House of Commons).
Sarah Outen: The first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean.
Sarah Outen: The first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean.
Charlotte Budd: The first woman to ride in the Grand National (1977).
Charlotte Budd: The first woman to ride in the Grand National (1977).
Abbey Burton: The first woman to set a British record title of 100% perfect score in Olympic Trap Clay Shooting
Abbey Burton: The first woman to set a British record title of 100% perfect score in Olympic Trap Clay Shooting
Baroness Scotland: The first woman to be attorney general.
Baroness Scotland: The first woman to be attorney general.
Clio Gould: The first woman to lead the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Clio Gould: The first woman to lead the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Baroness Helene Hayman: The first woman to be Lord Speaker.
Baroness Helene Hayman: The first woman to be Lord Speaker.
Felicity Aston: The first woman to ski solo across Antarctica
Felicity Aston: The first woman to ski solo across Antarctica
Lady Hale: The first woman to be a Law Lord
Lady Hale: The first woman to be a Law Lord

Corbin says she’s planning to launch a traveling exhibition in the UK for the project once it’s complete in 2018.

You can find out more about the First Women project over on its website.

(via First Women via Slate)


Image credits: Photographs by Anita Corbin/First Women and used with permission

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