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Wonder Women: Radical Manchester

March 5, 2013

In the run-up to 2018, Wonder Women: Radical Manchester will run a programme of events that coincides with International Women’s Day and other important milestones. In 2013, there are over 20 organisations taking part, with 45 events spread over four weeks – from Sunday 3 March until Thursday 4 April.

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At Manchester Museum we have three events:

Ladies Rock: Lydia Becker and Marie Stopes at Manchester Museum

Collection Bites Join our guest speakers for lunchtime conversations featuring key objects from our collections.

Wed 6 March :

Ladies Rock: Lydia Becker and Marie Stopes at Manchester Museum

To celebrate International Women’s day Gillian Smithson will highlight the achievements of two prominent women, Lydia Becker and Marie Stopes.

She will draw attention to their work at the Manchester Museum as well as commemorating their achievements which secured greater freedoms for women.


Please book on 0161 275 2648 or museum as spaces are very limited.

Friday 8 and Friday 15 March:

Women in Science: now and then


On Friday 8th March 2013, to celebrate International Women’s Day and Wonder Women Radical Manchester, three leading female researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences’ Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research will join a panel discussion to talk candidly about their research, what makes them tick and how they view the role of women in the ever-competitive world of biomedical research.

The three speakers are: Professor Cay Kielty, Associate Dean for Research in FLS, and much respected scientist and prolific publisher on all things cell-matrix and mother-of-three, Dr Rachel Lennon, a Paediatric Nephrologist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, group leader in kidney research and mother to twins, and Dr Sarah Woolner, the latter a recently appointed fellow who is currently establishing her own lab studying the development of the early embryo, and who is expecting her first baby in April!

Professor Cay Kielty

Dr Sarah Woolner

Dr Rachel Lennon

The format will be an informal panel discussion over coffee and cake to allow the audience to get involved and ask both general questions but also those more pertinent ones, including ‘is it important that there are women in science?’

Fri 15 Mar: Focussing on women scientists from Manchester’s history such as Marie Stopes, Kathleen Drew Baker, Margaret Murray and Lydia Becker.


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