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We’re celebrating Women’s History Month this March, and International Women’s Day on 8 March, across Swansea Council’s Cultural Services.

Women have played and continue to play important roles in Swansea’s story, from Lady Alina de Mowbray in medieval times to Amy Dillwyn in the Victorian period. In an exciting programme of online events and activities, throughout Women’s History Month, we will celebrate the exceptional women that help shape Swansea’s past, present, and future.

On International Women’s Day, Monday 8th March, we join the global community applauding the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

Keep an eye on our social channels (Facebook and Twitter) for…

Podcast Special for International Women’s Day

The Women’s Liberation Movement effected great political and cultural changes all across the world. Here in Swansea a group of brave women set about opening and running a safe space, started sharing women’s stories and filming some of the history which was being made in front of their eyes.

Find out more about the journey of women’s fight for equality in this special episode celebrating International Women’s Day, with our fantastic guests Deb Checkland, Jen Wilson and Gail Allen – Founders of the Swansea Women’s Centre and the Swansea Women’s History Group.

The Come Together Cast is made by the Fusion Programme, co-funded by Swansea Council’s Cultural Services and Welsh Government.

Dylan Thomas Centre

For Women’s History Month, the Dylan Thomas Centre will explore unique objects from their collection relating to writers, artists and photographers including Edith Sitwell, Brenda Chamberlain, Rollie McKenna and Nora Summers.

They will also publish a series of blogs illuminating the life of Florence Thomas. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook and Twitter channels to find out more.

Glynn Vivian

The Glynn Vivian have been researching a selection of female artists who have previously shown at the gallery, either within contemporary exhibitions or through works in the gallery’s collection. They will be presenting a month-long programme of social media posts, which will feature artworks, film, and audio.

Don’t miss highlights from the gallery’s two current exhibitions, featuring Welsh female artists Kathryn Ashill and Anya Paintsil, which will be on display when the gallery reopens.

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Sport & Health

Swansea Council’s Sport & Health teams work to create a healthier, more active city. They are commemorating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by:

  • Profiling female winners from last year’s Swansea Sports Awards.
  • Highlighting the Us Girls programme. Look out for details of Canoe Wales, Street Games, and mother and daughter events.
  • Celebrating, throughout the month, the historic achievements of Swansea’s women in sport and physical activity.

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Swansea Libraries

You will find plenty of literature written about women and by women available from Swansea Libraries via the Click and Collect service or you can download for FREE using the Borrowbox app.

To give you some inspiration, they will be compiling a list of the 10 must-read books to honour Women’s History Month.

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Swansea Museum

In 2018, Swansea Museum presented an exhibition celebrating the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which gave women over 30 years the vote for the first time. In a special online presentation of the exhibition’s material, the museum will tell the stories the exceptional women of Swansea that campaigned women’s suffrage.

In what will surely be an interesting look at Swansea Museum’s own history, the team will also be posting short vignettes of some of the women that have been associated with museum’s running over the years.

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