A packed audience including 200 alumni of Royal Holloway, University of London and Bedford College, attended this year’s Fawcett Lecture with broadcaster Jenni Murray, last night (7 March).

Jenni Murray spoke about her early life, her career path to becoming a broadcaster, what it was like as a woman working at the BBC in the 1970s including the sexism she and other women experienced in workplaces at that time and her thoughts on feminism and how it’s evolved from the 1970s to the present day.

Asked about the new wave of feminism and issues such as the campaign for a 50:50 gender split in parliament, Jenni stressed the importance of bringing men on board with feminism to help improve equality for both genders.

The in conversation style lecture was hosted by Dr Anna Whitelock, Director of Royal Holloway’s Centre for Public History. 

Attendees included the head of the Feminist Society at the Francis Holland School and Frances Scott from the 50:50 Parliament campaign. 

The Fawcett Lecture is an annual event and is named after Dame Millicent Fawcett GBE, English suffragist, political and union leader and writer. The Fawcett Lecture was endowed in 1929 by Theresa Gosse, an alumna of Bedford College, one of Royal Holloway’s founding institutions. The lecture deals with ‘the change in the position of women’, reflecting the wishes of its benefactor, Miss Gosse.

The Fawcett Lecture was part of Royal Holloway’s Women Inspire fortnight 5-18 March.