On air at the ‘100 First Women Portraits’ Exhibition

24th March 2020

RadioReverb International Women’s Day Live Broadcast

This year our all-female team broadcast live from the heart of Brighton & Hove’s International Women’s Day celebrations at Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.

As part of our 13th Birthday weekend, we partnered with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to tell the story of the pioneering women featured in the ‘100 First Women Portraits’, and built a studio in the Dome among the Brighton Women’s Centre’s programme of events.

Created by photographer Anita Corbin, the exhibition is the culmination of her 10-year personal mission to capture the portraits of modern female trailblazers.

Our team of all-women presenters & producers took the exhibition as their starting point, celebrating the extraordinary women featured. Taking the themes of women in literature; art; business; broadcasting; music; sports; and more, they asked how far the equality movement has come – and how far we still need to go.


Over the course of the day we interviewed the photographer behind the exhibition, as well as many of the women featured, including Dany Cotton, the first female commissioner of the London Fire Brigade; Sally Kettle, the first woman to row across the Atlantic; Professor Monique Simmonds, the first female Deputy Director of Science at Kew Botanical Gardens; and the first female stage and screen fight director Alison De Burgh.

We also showcased the many International Women’s Day events taking place on the day, as programmed by Brighton Women’s Centre. We interviewed pioneering local women, such as Caroline Lucas, the UK’s only Green MP, and broadcast a live speech by Mayor of Brighton & Hove Alexandra Phillips.

Mayor Alexandra Phillips


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