18th October 2018

Empower Conference 2018

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN


100 years after women first voted in the UK, the rights and freedoms of women and girls have come a long way. But in 2018, our society is still not an equal playing field. Could sport offer the solution? Join us on 18 October 2018 as we discuss and debate the empowering benefits of sport.

We’ll be joined by trailblazers, record breakers and campaigners to learn, discuss and celebrate how sport can help us reach a fairer future.

Our stellar line-up includes:

Gemma Cairney – multi-award winning broadcaster and author

Judy Murray – tennis coach and former captain of the GB Fed Cup team

Helen Skelton – BBC broadcaster and Guinness World Record-breaker

Laura Bates – writer, campaigner and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project

Rebecca Adlington – Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medal-winning swimmer

Catherine Mayer – co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party and award-winning journalist

Sophie Christiansen – British dressage rider and eight-time Paralympic champion

Anna Kessel – sports writer, campaigner and co-founder of Women in Football

Stephen Lyle – Commissioning Editor for Sport at Channel 4

Jennie Price – Chief Executive of Sport England

Dame Sarah Storey – Great Britain’s most-decorated female Paralympian

Tamsin Greenway – Sky Sports netball pundit and former England player

Key Themes

* Throughout history, determined women have paved the way for a more equal society – and in 2018 this is more relevant than ever. We’ll hear from the trailblazers, record-breakers and tireless campaigners who are empowering future generations.
*Are women and girls being welcomed into sport? From media coverage and stereotypes to outdated PE lessons and sports boardrooms– what needs to change if we are to normalise sport for women and girls?
*Hear about our new research investigating the media coverage of women’s sport in Sweden, Romania, Greece, Malta and the UK. This joint project uncovers key trends in the visibility of women’s sport in the media and brings to life examples of best practice, with learnings on how together we can work towards a fairer future.

Additional contributors to be announced.

More information on the day can be found here.

Located at the iconic Museum of London, delegates will also get behind-the-scenes insights and access to the Museum’s new Votes for Women exhibition and The London 2012 Cauldron: Designing a Moment exhibition.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Women in Sport reserve the right to amend the speakers and/or programme content at any point.

Our Speakers

  • Gemma Cairney

  • Judy Murray

  • Catherine Mayer

  • Helen Skelton

  • Anna Kessel

  • Sophie Christiansen

  • Stephen Lyle