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Women of Liberty: Mary McCartney Portraits In Windows Mark Centenary of Women’s Suffrage

Women of Liberty unveiled on International Women's Day 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Liberty has unveiled a powerful new window display featuring photographs of the Women of Liberty as seen through Mary McCartney’s lens.

Images of eight extraordinary females, from the worlds of culture, fashion and commerce, stand proudly in the windows of the iconic store on Great Marlborough Street, in London.

The windows have a rich history that is particularly poignant today, International Women’s Day 2018 – a celebration of women in the year that marks the centenary of the campaign for women's suffrage and the right to vote.

In March 1912, smartly dressed Suffragettes used toffee hammers to shatter these very windows of Liberty – ‘glass smashing for votes!’.

Of the 150 women who took part in the protest, 124 were arrested and taken to Holloway Prison, the then first female-only prison in England.

During their time behind bars, the suffragettes went on hunger strike to further their cause and to improve the life of future generations of females. Four years later, their campaigning paid off when the Representation of the People Act was passed and women finally had the right to vote.

Today, 50% of Liberty’s leadership is female and, throughout the month of March 2018, the Women of Liberty are celebrated behind those famous panes of glass. 

Who are the Women of Liberty?

Katharine Hamnett
Fashion designer and political activist Katharine Hamnett’s new men’s and women’s SS18 collection is stocked exclusively at Liberty.

Elise Valmorbida
Award-winning author and screenwriter, Elise Valmorbida, published Madonna of the Mountains this month with Faber & Faber, which is running an ongoing print collection with Liberty London.

Stella Jean
The Italian fashion designer supports struggling countries by self-sustaining local communities with a focus on women’s empowerment. Her designs are stocked in the womenswear department on floor one.

Anya Hindmarch
The leading British accessories designer Anya Hindmarch is stocked at Liberty, is a UK Trade Ambassador and a Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council.

Loretta De Feo
Lorretta is set to launch her hair care range for afro hair, Dizziak, exclusively in the Liberty Beauty Hall this month.

Florence Welch
The singer-songwriter/ performer is a muse for fashion houses and a self-proclaimed fan of Liberty print. She named two prints – Dancing Ladies and Grace for the Liberty Rocks Art Fabrics Collection.

Katy Emck OBE
A founding director of Fine Cell Work, which enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives through skilled needlework, taught in their cells. The products are stocked in Liberty’s haberdashery department.

The print and online magazine and creative collective that supports the creative work of women of colour will be taking over Liberty workshops and the Discovers podcast during the campaign.