One hundred of the most famous and influential women celebrated at Newmarket portrait exhibition

One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named ‘100 First

One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named ‘100 First Women Portraits’. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Portraits of 100 of the most influential women will be on display in Newmarket this month as the decade-long project is released to the public.

Jade Jones - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin name

Jade Jones - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Photographer Anita Corbin made a name for herself in the early 1980s when her series of informal young women portraits, named Visible Girls, quickly became well known.

Anita then went on to start photographing “ordinary women achieving extraordinary things” in sport, media, businesses, the military, arts, music and politics – creating 100 First Women.

She has shot the likes of Baroness Betty Boothroyd, the first woman speaker at the House of Commons, Angela Rippon, newscaster and Jenny Éclair, writer and comedienne.

Baroness Betty Boothroyd - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Ani

Baroness Betty Boothroyd - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

All of the framed pictures will be on display at Palace House in Newmarket from Thursday, February 14 to Monday, June 10.


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The exhibition was created in 2018 to mark the centenary commemoration of the Representation of the People Act, which granted the vote to women over 30-years old.

Anita said: “From ages 18 to 102-years-old and in fields of expertise covering everything from beatboxing to bomb detection, I wanted to create a visual story of female potential.

Nicola Adams - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin na

Nicola Adams - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

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“They are all fantastic role models that will hopefully inspire other women and men, of all generations, now and in the future.

“I hope that my series will inspire future generations and help them see that it is possible to break down barriers whether they are gender, social, economic, cultural or political.”

Also featured in the project is Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, Nicola Adams, professional boxer, Suzi Quatro, singer-songwriter and Hayley Turner, jockey.

TV's Angela Rippon - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Cor

TV's Angela Rippon - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Anita added: “I created these images to offer emotional support to women who seek to be the best they can be. Those women are not alone.”

In theme with the exhibition’s venue, there are plenty of sportswomen featured – from jockey’s Charlotte Budd, the first woman to ride in the Grand National and Ann Packer, the first UK woman to win a track gold medal at the Olympics.

Chris Garibaldi, director of Palace House, said: “We like to give the public fresh glimpses into our sporting and cultural past, present and indeed, future.

One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin (pictured) named

One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin (pictured) named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

“From a personal point of view Baroness Boothroyd is one of my own particular heroes so I couldn’t be prouder that we are hosting such an inspirational exhibition as 100 First Women Portraits here at Newmarket.”

Dany Cotton - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin nam

Dany Cotton - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Clare Smyth - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin nam

Clare Smyth - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Beth French - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin nam

Beth French - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

Alison Deburgh - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin

Alison Deburgh - One hundred women are featured in the decade-long portrait project by Anita Corbin named 100 First Women Portraits. Picture(s): ANITA CORBIN - Credit: ANITA CORBIN

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