18th February 2014

Queen Mary University, London E1 4NS

With debate raging about the meaning of Feminism to Generation Y, we have spared no expense in bringing together some of Britain’s most influential women for a day of talks, workshops and breakout sessions.

Our guests range from those who feel that feminism should be solely on personal interpretation and experiences to speakers who think that the next battle for women’s rights should be fought in the developing world. There will also be talks from several speakers who do not consider themselves to be feminists.

Women In The 21st Century will offer a myriad of perspectives on women’s rights and we hope everyone will have the opportunity to see issues from a new angle, whether learning about the challenges women face in little-known professions or considering areas which sometimes escape mainstream feminist dialogue such as race, class and transgenderism.

I hope you will join us for a sociable, engaging and stimulating day.

Andrea Scheel

Carolina Mantzalos
New Turn Chair 2013-14

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Amma Asante

Writer & Film Director

Amma Asante is a British writer and film director. She began her film and television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the British school drama Grange Hill.

In her late teens, Asante left acting and made the move to screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for her production company and BBC2.

Her second feature film, Belle is distributed through Fox Searchlight Pictures and is scheduled for release in Spring 2014. Based on the true story behind the seminal 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the story follows the eponymous character’s conflicted life as a mixed-race girl raised in nobility in 18th century England.


Angela Berners-Wilson

Chaplain, Church of England

Angela Berners-Wilson is the first woman ordained as a priest in the Church of England. She is currently a chaplain at the University of Bath.


Anna Arrowsmith

Film Director

Ms Arrowsmith is Britain's first female porn director Anna Span and ex Lib Dem candidate for Gravesham.

Her films focus on women enjoying sex including lesbian sex and heterosexual sex, with some bisexual sex. Other themes include sex toys, everyday objects (such as a chocolate bar or orange) being used as sex aids, threesomes, group sex and gang bangs. Role playing and fantasy are also common. Sometimes a character from one of her films appears in another. There is a big emphasis on reality both in script and actor performances. In her films she includes a much higher than average percentage of shots which look at the men, which she has termed 'female point of view' shots.


Arif Ahmed

Professor, Cambridge University

AA is senior lecturer in philosophy at Cambridge University, a founding member and senior treasurer of Cambridge Libertarians, and a local Trade Union activist and caseworker. He lectures in logic, probability and Wittgenstein and writes on decision theory. He has taken part in many debates on religious and related ethical matters.


Brian Carney

Editorial Editor, Wall Street Journal

Brian M. Carney is an editor, journalist and member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. Since August 2009, he has been living in London and serving as Editorial Page Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. He is the coauthor, with Isaac Getz, of Freedom, Inc., published by Crown Business on Oct. 13, 2009. He has won the Gerald Loeb Award for Business Journalism and the Frederic Bastiat Journalism Prize.


Carla Buzasi

Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post

Carla Buzasi is Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK, the UK edition of the biggest news website in the US. Launched in July 2011, Carla is responsible for all editorial output and standards on the website, overseeing a team of 27 editors and staff writers, along with a pool of over 7,000 contributing bloggers, collectively producing hundreds of news articles, blogs and features each week. The Huffington Post UK currently features news, entertainment, politics, sport, students and tech sections.

A multiple-award-winning editor and writer, Carla has been named Editor of the Year at the Online Media Awards for the past two years running, and was awarded Media Innovator of the Year at the 2012 British Media Awards, as well as being included in Time Out’s Culture 100 and Journalism’s Top 50 Female Innovators in Digital Journalism. In 2013, she picked up Website of the Year for HuffPost UK at the prestigious Association of Online Publishers Awards.

An in-demand media commentator, Carla also makes regular contributions on some of the UK's leading TV and radio programmes including Newsnight (BBC One), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC One), Lorraine (ITV1), Sky News and BBC Radio 4’s Today show.

Previous roles include Associate/Online Editor of Marie Claire and Deputy Editor at Conde Nast Digital, while she has also contributed to titles including The Guardian, Metro, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Vogue.com.


Carolyn Makinson

Director, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Carolyn Makinson joined International Rescue Committee UK as Executive Director in September 2010. She was previously the Executive Director of the Women's Refugee Commission.

Carolyn was formerly Executive Director of MIT’s Centre for International Studies, and prior to that was a programme officer for Population and Forced Migration at the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.


Dame Barbara Stocking

Vice Chair, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response

Dame Barbara Mary Stocking is Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response and previous Chief Executive of Oxfam GB. She joined the latter in 2001 and led the charity for nearly 12 years, stepping down in February 2013. In March 2013, she was elected as the fifth President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.


Diana Good

Partner, Linklaters

Diana Good is Chair of both the Board of the Mary Ward Settlement and the Board of the Mary Ward Legal Centre. She is a Commissioner with the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and a founder trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation. She had a part-time judicial appointment for 11 years and was until 2008 a partner of Linklaters LLP global law firm. She retired from the City after 30 years with the firm. She is co-author of Linklaters 2010 report for Camfed (Campaign for Education of Girls in sub-Saharan Africa) 'Accounting to the Girl: Working towards a standard for governance in the international aid sector'.


Dr Alexandra Beauregard

Academic, London School of Economics

Dr Alexandra Beauregard joined the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group in 2005. Prior to this, Dr Beauregard was Lecturer in Management (Organisational Behaviour and HRM) at the University of Surrey's School of Management. Before commencing postgraduate study, she worked in social policy for the Government of Canada's Department of Industry, Department of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Dr Beauregard is a member of the CEMS Faculty Group in Gender and Diversity Management, and is also an associate member of the Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research Centre based at Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia. She is an editorial board member for Journal of Organisational Behaviour, British Journal of Management, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.


Dr B. J. Epstein

Lecturer, University of East Anglia

B.J. Epstein joined UEA in 2009 after finishing her Ph.D. in translation studies at Swansea University. Her thesis was on how figurative language is employed and translated in children’s literature, and it has now been published as a monograph. She is a lecturer in literature and public engagement at UEA and is also the engagement director for the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. She is also a writer, editor, and translator from the Scandinavian languages to English. B.J. was raised in Chicago in the U.S. and later lived in Helsingborg, Sweden, before moving to the UK.


Dr Liz Kelly

Commissioner, Women's National Commission

Professor Liz Kelly is a feminist researcher and activist, who has worked in the field of violence against women and children for 30 years. Currently, she is a Commissioner for the Women's National Commission. She is the author of Surviving Sexual Violence and many book chapters, journal articles and research reports.

The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University, of which she is Director, is recognised as one of the world’s leading research centres on violence against women and has a national and international reputation for its research, training and consultancy work.


Esther McVey MP

Minister for Employment, Conservative Party

Esther is the Conservative MP for Wirral West and was recently promoted to the position of Minister of State for Employment. Esther is first Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997 and the only current Conservative MP in Merseyside. Esther graduated in Law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991.

She then went on to work for in media for the next 14 years as a Broadcaster and a Journalist, presenting and producing programmes such as GMTV, a legal Series for Channel 4, a BBC consumer show and a BBC science show.

Esther then left media in 2000 to establish her own business setting up office space for new start-up companies as well as establishing the biggest business women’s network in the northwest.


Faeeza Vaid

Executive Director, Muslim Women's Network

Faeeza Vaid is currently the Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK.

The Muslim Women's Network (MWN-UK) is an independent national network of individual Muslim women and Muslim women’s organisations across the UK.


Ian Dunt

Editor, politics.co.uk

Ian Dunt is editor of politics.co.uk. He specialises in issues around immigration, civil liberties, democracy, free speech and social justice and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky and Al-Jazeera as well as a variety of radio stations. He also writes lifestyle columns for other publications and websites.


Jessica Abrahams

Production Editor, Prospect Magazine

Jessica Abrahams is a journalist and the Production Editor at Prospect magazine, where she writes on feminism. She also writes for The Guardian and was previously a researcher at The Telegraph.


Julie Bindel

Co-Founder, Justice for Women

Julie Bindel is an English writer, feminist and co-founder of the group Justice for Women, which opposes violence against women from a feminist viewpoint.

In August 2010 she entered The Independent's "Pink List" as ninety-eighth of the top 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK.


Kat Banyard

Director, UK Feminista

Kat Banyard is author of The Equality Illusion and founder of UK Feminista - an organisation that supports grassroots feminist activism. In 2010 she was named in the Guardian as 'the most influential young feminist in the country', and in 2011 was named one of the Observer's 50 contemporary innovators, described as “Game-changers whose vision is transforming the world around us”.


Katie Lam

Business Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Katie Lam is a Business Analyst at Goldman Sachs, working in London. She recently graduated from the University of Cambridge, where she studied Classics at Trinity College. Whilst at university, she was President of the Cambridge Union, where she introduced the role of Women's Officer, Chairwoman of Cambridge University Conservative Association (making her one of the few women to lead either organisation), Tour Manager of the Cambridge Footlights, President of Trinity May Ball, and, having attended a comprehensive school herself, worked in access and outreach for both Trinity and Cambridge Student Unions. Katie is also a Young Patron of the National Theatre and the English National Opera, and is starting as a school governor.


Katy Dawe

Creative Director, Art against Knives

Katy Dawe is the Founder and Creative Director of ART AGAINST KNIVES a charity working with at­ risk young people living in deprived areas of London. ART AGAINST KNIVES provides creative opportunities to support young people in making a permanent positive change, working with them and their communities to reduce the current culture of violent crime.


Kim Winser OBE

Director, Winser London

One of Britains most successful businesswomen, Kim Winser joined Marks & Spencer in 1977 and became the retailer’s youngest appointed divisional director and first female in the commercial field.

Her turnarounds of Pringle of Scotland and Aquascutum became industry legend and were featured by the BBC in two separate programmes.

In early 2009, she was brought on by 3i to advise them on its retail and consumer investments and to chair one of their portfolio's brands – Agent Provocateur. During her time with 3i she repositioned the chain as a luxury brand, led its global expansion into new markets and most recently announced the tripling of the company's underlying profits.


Laetitia van den Assum

Ambassador, Dutch Embassy

Ms Laetitia van den Assum took up her post as Ambassador on 1 October 2012. She studied law and international relations at Amsterdam University and Columbia University (USA) and joined the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977. She has held various positions at the Ministry in The Hague, including Director of International Organisations. In the 1980s, she took a leave of absence to become the Representative of UNICEF in Tanzania. Since 1995, she has served as Netherlands Ambassador in, respectively, Bangkok, Pretoria, Nairobi and Mexico City.


Lina Sinjab

Syria Correspondent, BBC

Lina Sinjab, is the BBC's Syria correspondent who is currently in London. Lina covered the Syrian uprising since the beginning in 2011 and continues to follow developments back home. She has reported for the BBC on situation in Syria since 2007. She has also covered the revolution in Yemen since the start of it in 2011. Lina graduated from Damascus University, then completed her Master degree from SOAS university in 2009 in International Politics. In May, she won the Next Century Foundation's Cutting Edge Award for her coverage of Syria.


Lucy Kerbel

Director, Tonic Theatre

Lucy is the Director of Tonic Theatre and an award-winning theatre director. Having begun her career as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, Lucy went on to direct a range of classics, new writing and productions for younger audiences. It was while directing around the UK that Lucy became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. She recognised that the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater balance in its workforces and repertoires and so in 2011, with the support of the National Theatre and Royal Opera House's Step Change scheme, Lucy founded Tonic Theatre to go some way towards achieving this.

In addition to directing and her work with Tonic, Lucy does consultancy, lecturing, and works extensively in theatre education. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books.


Maha Azzam

Dr, Chatham House

Dr Azzam is the Associate Fellow at Chatham House for the Middle East and North Africa Programme.


Melanie Gingell

Barrister, Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Melanie practiced at the bar for 20 years specialising in criminal law and later family law. She now works in international human rights, teaching and researching.

She has conducted research projects and trial observations in Europe, Middle East and South America and is on the advisory board of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.


Patricia Rogers

Vice-Chair, British Humanist Association

Ms Rogers is now Vice Chair of the British Humanist Association (and am chairing the Grants Group for the 2014 World Humanist Congress in Oxford). I also work for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

She has also been Chief Executive of the Council for Education in World Citizenship, the Pestalozzi International Village and the Jubilee Debt Campaign. She has also been on various Boards including those of the British School, South Korea; Hastings College of Arts and Technology; Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs); the United Nations Association-UK; the British Humanist Association.


Professor Elizabeth Cooke

Commissioner, Law Commission

Professor Elizabeth Cooke was appointed Commissioner with responsibility for Property, Family and Trust Law on 3 July 2008.

Professor Cooke began her legal career as a trainee solicitor at Withers, and was admitted as a solicitor in 1988. Subsequently, she practised at Barrett and Thomson, Slough. She became a lecturer at the University of Reading in 1992, and was awarded a personal chair in 2003.


Professor Mary Kaldor

Global Governance, London School of Economics

Mary Henrietta Kaldor CBE is a British academic, currently Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, where she is also the Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Before the LSE, Kaldor worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and now serves on its governing board. She also worked at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where she worked closely with English economist Christopher Freeman. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament, editing its European Nuclear Disarmament Journal (1983–88). She was the founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

She writes on globalisation, international relations and humanitarian intervention, global civil society and global governance.


Professor Michele Barrett

English and Drama, Queen Mary University

Professor Michèle Barrett is a noted social theorist, a distinguished Virginia Woolf scholar and an authority on the social and cultural history of the First World War. She is currently head of the Department of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, where, based on a 2012 list of citations in the department, Barrett is the most-cited academic author in terms of total citations, while seven of the top 20 highest-scoring outputs are her publications.

Since joining the department at Queen Mary in 2000, Barrett has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to study shell shock, and a British Academy grant to research the colonial politics of World War One commemoration. These research projects have led to various publications including an article considering the Freudianization of shell shock in Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy in Contemporary Literature (August 2012) and a book chapter accepted for publication in 2013: ‘”White Graves” and “Natives”: The Imperial War Graves Commission in East and West Africa’.


Rim Turkmani

Spokesperson, Building the Syrian State

Rim Turkmani is a Syrian-born astrophysicist at Imperial College London and Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow of the Royal Society.

Outside of her job as an academic she works as a spokesperson for opposition coalition, Building the Syrian State. Building the Syrian State was established on September 10, 2011, in Damascus. This followed a preparatory conference of over 190 opposition figures that was convened on June 27, 2011.


Rosa Bennathan

Editor, Bad Housekeeping

Rosa Bennathan is a recent English graduate. She now works in the women's sector and is a co-founder, co-editor, and contributor at bad-housekeeping.com


Rowena Ironside

Chair, Women on Boards UK

Rowena is an experienced SME board director and charity trustee with broad international experience and particular expertise in strategy, operations and technology. Rowena spent 25 years as an executive in the ICT industry, leading professional and managed services businesses in the UK and the US and including start-up and sale of an IT services company. More recently, she has worked in non-executive and executive roles in the UK not-for-profit sector on microfinance and environmental issues as well as end-of-life rights. She is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School (MSc. Management, Distinction).


Rushanara Ali MP

Shadow Education Minister, Labour Party

Currently a junior Secretary for Education, in October 2010, Rushanara was appointed to the Labour front bench as Shadow Minister for International Development. As part of this role she is the Labour spokesperson on International Development matters for Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, climate change, conflict and stabilisation as well as gender equality.

Prior to her election in May 2010, she was Associate Director of the Young Foundation. She previously worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office, leading a work programme in response to the 2001 disturbances in the North of England (2002-2005).


Sadhbh O’Sullivan

Editor, Ladybeard Magazine

O’Sullivan is the co-founder and editor of Ladybeard Magazine and in her final year at Girton College, Cambridge studying for a BA in English. Having been introduced to the term “feminism” at 16, she has incorporated feminist theory into her approach to social, academic and more recently entrepreneurial pursuits. Ladybeard Magazine, the brainchild of Sadhbh and fellow student Kitty Drake, is a non-profit, glossy, print magazine with a feminist agenda, taking “women’s media” and remaking it in new terms. Funded through Kickstarter and publicised on Women’s Hour and in The Observer, the ‘Body Issue’ was launched and circulated for free. The Ladybeard team have now started work on the ‘Sex Issue’ and are looking into new sources of funding.


Sarah Brown

Councillor, Liberal Democrats

Sarah Brown is a British Liberal Democrat politician and transgender activist. She has been the Cambridge City Councillor for Petersfield ward since 2010, Executive Councillor for Community Wellbeing since 2013 and currently also serves as a member of the LGBT+ Liberal Democrats executive. She is a trans woman and currently the only openly transsexual elected politician in the UK.

In 2011, she appeared on the Independent on Sunday "Pink List" as the 28th most influential LGBT person in the UK, dropping to 34th in the 2012 list, but rising again to 27th in the 2013 list.


Sarah Crown

Editor, Mumsnet

Sarah Crown was announced as the Editor of the guardian.co.uk/books in 2007, where she spent six successful years. In 2013, she took up the position of editor of Mumsnet.

Mumsnet is the UK's largest website for parents, with 4.3 million monthly unique visitors and 50 million monthly page views. It hosts discussion forums where users share peer-to-peer advice and information on parenting, products and many other issues. Mumsnet also has a Bloggers Network with 3,500 registered bloggers and a network of 200 local sites run in partnership with local editors.


Serena Kutchinsky

Digital Editor, Prospect Magazine

Serena Kutchinsky is the Digital Editor of Prospect where she writes a blog about feminism and its impact on today’s pop culture and politics. Previously, she was the Digital Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine where she contributed features on an array of topics including women’s issues and culture.


Tinu Adeshile

General Counsel, Konami

Tinu is one of the 'Hot 100 Lawyers', formerly General Counsel of the Islam Channel and currently General Counsel for Konami, a Japanese gaming company. Tinu is also joint-vice chair of the Plumstead Law Centre.