In commemoration of the first time women were allowed to vote in a British general election (December 2018 marks 100 years) the Design Museum is hosting a series of talks to celebrate female designers and to discuss the underrepresentation of women in the industry. Women Design will consist of lectures, conversations and round table discussions.
Alice Black, Co-Director of the Design Museum, said: “The fact that the percentage of women working in the design workforce has remained virtually unchanged since 2004 shows a real failure to draw on all the talents out there, and promote inclusiveness in our industry.”
Design Curator, Writer and Consultant Libby Sellers, said: “While we might think that women’s voices are echoing around the world right now through the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, in design publications, conferences, judging panels and other public realms, women designers tend to be outnumbered by their male counterparts.
“Whatever the rationale behind the gender bias, it has already eliminated or repressed an overwhelming majority of talent in the industry. To continue without championing a balance, would only encourage an impoverished future for design as a result.”
Women Design takes place at the Design Museum from 7th-8th December.