Women of the World 2014

5 Mar 2014 - 9 Mar 2014
WOW 2014 was packed full of events that celebrated the incredible achievements of women and girls and looked at the most potent topics for women at the time. It featured voices and stories from around the world and was bigger and broader than previous years, broaching a range of new subjects.

Almost 1000 women from all walks of life were part of the Speed Mentoring Programme. Speakers included Malala Yousafzai, Sandi Toksvig, Vivienne Westwood, Doreen Lawrence and Ruby Wax.

Talks covered topics such as sexual violence in conflict, fashion and sustainability, porn, gay rights and Beyoncé!

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Enjoy some of the sights, sounds and superlatives from the first few days of the festival.
Hear from YONAKA lead singer Theresa Jarvis in this video recorded at Robert Smith's Meltdown
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Three anti-apartheid activists, Chitra Karve, Lela Kogbara and Brian Filling recount the time they met Nelson Mandela
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Discover what some of the artists of Robert Smith’s Meltdown are listening too.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Artists from Robert Smith’s Meltdown tell us what they’re looking forward to at the festival.
Find out who the artists of 2018’s Meltdown would put on their festival bill
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Learn about how women are being supported in jazz, classical, DJing and more
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Take a look back and listen to 1998’s Meltdown with this Spotify playlist
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
See what our literary experts have been reading
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s immersive installations, Via Negativa II (2014)
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal

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WOW 2014 stories

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Dame Vivienne Westwood talks with Shami Chakrabarti about human rights

shop WOW

A selection of our favourite shop items from the Women of the World festival

Advantages of Being A Woman Artist Teatowel

Change The World Ring

Met Museum Mug by Guerrilla Girls

Frida Kahlo Little People