209 women

To mark 100 years since the suffrage movement, the ‘209 Women’ exhibition and book celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage and seeks to champion the visibility of women: particularly in areas that are still largely male dominated such as politics and the arts. A collective of women photographers from across the UK formed to make and mark history by creating photographic portraits of the current female Members of Parliament.

An exhibition was launched on 14 December 2018 at the Palace of Westminster, 100 years to the day that the first women walked into polling stations to cast their votes. This book is the lasting legacy of this historical project- it is an opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made towards gender parity, whilst also highlighting how much more needs to be done, across all spheres of society, each and every day.

For this project I photographed Yvonne Fovargue who is a British Labour Party politician elected Member of Parliament for Makerfield in 2010.