Trailblazing East Devon and Exeter women feature in new photo exhibition

Pioneering women from East Devon and Exeter have been included in a new photographic exhibition of trailblazing females, being showcased from Saturday (October 24).

The 100 First Women Portraits, is being exhibited at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAAM) until January 3, 2021, and includes images of Booker Winner Dame Hilary Mantel, who lives in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth-born Bellatrix, the first female world champion beatboxer and Edith Kent (deceased), the first woman to gain equal pay in 1943, whose daughter Jean lives in Exmouth.

The collection of images by South West photographer Anita Corbin is the result of 10 years creating an archive of modern women who have achieved ‘firsts’ in their field – often in male-dominated professions and environments.

The photographic portraits of Devon women join famous names such as 70s rocker Suzi Quatro, Olympian Boxer Nicola Adams and writer and comedienne Jenny Éclair.

Photographer Anita said: “My vision was to create an impressive visual archive documenting female ability and achievement to celebrate the impact women have had over the last one hundred years.”

She added: “I hope this exhibition will motivate, encourage and empower women and men across all ages and backgrounds and help them see that it is possible to breakdown barriers – whether gender, social, economic, cultural or political – to unlock their full potential.”

Entry tickets are free to book.

Social distancing measures, pre-booked timed entry and a one-way system will be in place at the museum.

See here for tickets.

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