Women of the World 2012

7 Mar 2012 - 11 Mar 2012
WOW 2012 asked, what obstacles exist that prevent women from realising their potential and what can we do to change these? The festival was made up of talks, debates, music, film, comedy an conversations that celebrated the talents of women, young and old, from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

We heard fascinating stories from women breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion, finance and family life.

There were speed mentoring sessions, free music, a crèche, great food, a market place and much more to be discovered and experienced.

Contributors included, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong, Annie Lennox, Emeli Sandé, Katy B, Shami Chakrabarti, Hannah Pool and Dawn Porter amongst many others.

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Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Whatever your era, see in the new year with us
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
Get involved in WOW in Bradford, Cardiff, Exeter and Perth
With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Senior Curator, Vincent Honore takes us on a mini tour of the gallery
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled

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One journey can change a life. One life can change the world! Dr Kiran Bedi is interviewed at WOW 2012
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Kicking off the second WOW Festival's speed mentoring programme with a speech from Cherie Blaire
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For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women