The Long March to Equality: Treasures of The Women’s Library


The Long March to Equality brings the rarest items in the Library’s collections together for the first time. Spanning four hundred years, it tells the story of how women have fought and lobbied for equal rights in Britain. It invites visitors to delve in and discover: “the greatest collection of women’s history in the world.”

‘Treasures’ from the Library’s collection have been selected because they represent the most significant moments in women’s history, and evidence the remarkable achievements of campaigning women’s groups and individuals. Retold through a range of visual media, the exhibition uncovers some of the most fascinating stories in British history, supported by a special audio guide featuring some of Britain’s most famous voices, including: Bill Nighy, Sophie Dahl and Sandi Toksvig.

From the earliest texts questioning women’s role in British society, through to 21st Century feminist activism; from the Votes for Women campaigns to the Greenham Common peace camp, the exhibition highlights how far women have travelled on the long march to equality and questions where it will lead us next.

In Women’s Library London
17 October 2012 – 22 February 2013

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