Press release: 'Same But Different’ exhibition at City Hall to challenge assumptions about women at work

  • Challenging stereotypes of what it means to be a ‘woman in work’ in the UK today
  • Exhibition celebrates the diversity of all women in work this International Women’s Day
  • City Hall exhibition open Mon 20 Feb – Fri 10 March


The photography exhibition, Same But Different, at City Hall London will celebrate the diversity of all women working in the UK today - sharing the stories of women whose voices are rarely heard. The exhibition runs from Monday 20 February until Friday 10 March, including International Women’s Day (8 March), and is free to attend. The exhibition will then continue online through a digital photo gallery that will also gather and share stories from women everywhere about what it means to them to be a woman who works. 

In the UK, public discussion and imagery of ‘women in work’ tend to focus on white women in ‘corporate’ roles. This does not reflect the reality of all women who work. The Same But Different photography project, from the charity Business in the Community, wants to change this. The charity has collaborated with photographer Leonora Saunders to use stunning imagery alongside intimate narratives to share the experiences of working women whose experiences are least heard and challenge the ways in which working women are portrayed in the UK today.

These photos will be on view in City Hall’s public exhibition space. The Same But Different project is made possible with headline sponsorship from Bupa and supporting sponsorship from Shell.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community and founder of the Same But Different project, said: “Through Same But Different we want to change the dominant narrative about women in work, and show the public, the media, and employers that women are not one homogenous group. Women do not all have the same experiences or challenges simply because they are women – our sex or gender may be the same, but our identities, our successes and our struggles are different. This exhibition is the start of our digital Same But Different project, and we are asking women everywhere to share their stories.”

Kathryn Nawrockyi continued: “Articles and discussions about women in work often focus on ‘women having it all’ or ‘work life balance’ and are typically illustrated by an immaculate white woman in professional dress, juggling a child and a laptop. These reinforce unrealistic ideas of what it is to be a woman who works and completely ignore the experiences of so many women. As we strive to achieve equality between men and women in positions of power and influence and across society as a whole, it is crucial to understand the different barriers to equality that women face. It’s time for women everywhere to make their voices heard.” 

Everyone’s experiences at work are influenced by multiple aspects of their identity, such as race, age, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, disability, income, culture, religion and health. Understanding the intersection where different parts of these identities meet and how this can result in different, unique experiences is known as ‘intersectionality’. The Same But Different exhibition and project aim to bring the concept of intersectionality to life and encourage more women to speak up about how their identities influence their experiences.

Same But Different is an ongoing digital project that will provide a platform throughout 2017 for all women to tell their unique stories. Alongside the stories of the women featured at the City Hall exhibition, Business in the Community will continue to gather stories from women everywhere about their identity, intersectionality and what it really means to be a woman who works.

If you are interested in sharing your story with the Same But Different project please visit this website from Monday 20 February: www.samedifferent.org.uk

Follow the Same But Different exhibition on Twitter: #SameButDifferent @BITCSameDiff

For more information about how to visit the Same But Different photography exhibition at City Hall: https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2017-02-20/same-different-photography-exhibition  

 

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For interviews and more information from Business in the Community please contact: Rebecca Gregory, E: rebecca.gregory@bitc.org.uk, T: 02075666670 or Laura Cooney, E: laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk, T: 02075668653.

 

About Business in the Community

The gender equality campaign at Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network, is committed to empowering employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace. We work with our membership of employers, from private, public and education sectors to offer tailored, practical and pragmatic advice on workplace gender equality issues. Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society.

The gender equality campaign at Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network, is committed to empowering employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace. We work with our membership of employers, from private, public and education sectors to offer tailored, practical and pragmatic advice on workplace gender equality issues. Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and societyhttp://gender.bitc.org.uk/