How far women have progressed in their fight for equality?

How far women have progressed in their fight for equality?

Rachael Rebus

In an age of austerity and threats to women's rights, how far women have progressed in their fight for equality? What does it look like? It’s an important question to ask as an artist. My portrait is of Scottish obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mary Hepburn. She is known for her work to support socially disadvantaged women. She has been involved with the Glasgow Women's Reproductive Health Services, leading this service for 25 years and producing guidelines that have had an international impact.
I wanted to explore society’s definition of a “feminine” role in history, looking at the idea of a ‘woman’s work’ in the fight to transform the definitions and conditions that produced them. There are a plethora of stories in Britain of women who have contributed to advancements in woman’s rights and I wanted to explore and celebrate these narratives of triumph in the face of adversity.
Not a lot of people know the faces that have shaped and are still working to shape the future of women in Britain. It was important to me to paint portraits of some of these women and to explore how people see them in the public eye.

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The John Byrne Award