The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions

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LSE Library Gallery, United Kingdom

Investigating the barriers women faced in the world of male-dominated professions.

The Sacred Year 1919 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This act enabled women to enter most professions and professional bodies for the first time. However, not all professions were opened by the Act; equality would take years of campaigning to achieve.

An embroidered banner with Caroline Herschel written on it

This exhibition celebrates pioneering women who first entered male-dominated professions such as law, accountancy, the Church, the sciences and the arts. There were many obstacles and this exhibition shows how these women broke down barriers so that other women could follow. On display are archives, objects, posters and banners which chart this journey in those early years.

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The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

This exhibition is part of our Women at Work programme.

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