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Women Design

December 2018 marks 100 years since the first general election in which a percentage of women voted for the first time in the UK. In commemoration of the suffragettes’ ultimate victory, and as a stark reminder of the need to improve gender equality in the industry, Libby Sellers and the Design Museum host a two-day series of talks on women in design.

What to expect

We might think that women’s voices are echoing around the world right now, yet in design debates, conferences and talks, women are underrepresented. Women make up nearly three-quarters of the design student population at colleges and universities, yet this figure drops dramatically to less than one quarter when it comes to the senior figures in the design industry.

Through exploring historical injustices, and analysing contemporary design culture, Women Design hopes to create a difference in the representation of women in design. This two-day series of talks and debates features lectures, conversations and round table discussions by leading practitioners, curators, educators and critics. Topics will include the gendering of history, the role of education and mentoring, diversity and inclusion in design and the prospect of a genderless future.

Speakers include: Saskia Sassen, Farshid Moussavi, Odile Decq, Emily King, Frith Kerr, Marina Willer, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Tamar Shafrir, Gabriel A. Maher, Alice Twemlow, Penny Sparke, Catherine Ince, Matylda Krzykowski, Shumi Bose, Christine Checinska, Yasmin Shariff, Pat Kirkham, Ann Coxon, Noemi Blager, Tulga Beyerle and Jane Hall.

Women Design : Day 1

Find out more about day one of Women Design and see the full event programme. Key speakers include Denise Scott Brown (video), Saskia Sassen, Nelly Ben Hayoun and many more…

Women Design: Day 2

Find out more about day two of Women Design and see the full event programme. Key speakers include Farshid Moussavi, Odile Decq, Marina Willer, Frith Kerr and many more…

Alison Smithson.

Hella Jongerius. Photo by Luke Hayes.

Charlotte Perriand. Chaise portrait.

Robin Day; Lucienne Day. Photographer: John Gay, bequeathed by Marie Anita Gay (née Arnheim), 2003.

Zaha Hadid portrait, Architechture and Design, the Design Museum. Photo by Luke Hayes.

Eileen Gray, portrait by Berenice Abbott.

Booking information

Adult: £20

Student/Concession: £15

Members: £15

Two-day pass
Save on this ticket for both days of the "Women Design" event (Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December).

Adult: £35

Student/Concession: £25

Member: £25

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Women Design

"Women Design:Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth century to the present day" by Libby Sellers is available to buy in the Design Museum shop in-store and online.