Tracy Brabin MP joins 209 women MPs in historic exhibition

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin is among 209 female Members of Parliament to have their portrait taken by a female photographer to mark 100 years since women first gained the right to vote and stand.

The groundbreaking ‘209 Women’ project, envisaged by photographer and university lecturer Hilary Wood, was designed to mark the milestone anniversary and highlight to ongoing need for gender equality.

Each of the 209 MPs involved in the project has had their portrait shot by a different female photographer.

Photographer Rachel Louise Brown, from Huddersfield, was given the task of capturing Ms Brabin.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of the 209 Project to celebrate 100 years since the first General Election in British history where women could vote and stand.

“The project is a wonderful and creative way to tip the scales of women’s representation in parliament.

“The photos are impressive and, in some cases, deeply affecting. The creative thinking around each photo, curated with great care, is extraordinary.

“Like the ‘ask her to stand’ day when over 350 extra women descended on parliament, this expression of our right to be in this place is a powerful and political act.”

Rachel Louise Brown said: “When I first heard of the amazing 209 initiative founded by Hilary Wood, I desperately wanted to be a part of it so that I could photograph Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley & Spen, having studied a BTEC photography at Batley School of Art & Design there fondly.

“I was deeply affected by the murder of Jo Cox and wanted to meet and photograph Tracy, the woman carrying on Jo’s message ‘we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us’, whilst forging her own legacy within the region.”

209 Women is a national artist-led project founded by Hilary Wood that aims to champion the visibility of women, particularly in male-dominated environments.

It will be exhibited in Westminster from December 14 to February 14 2019 and is open to the public.




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