Join us at Fawcett’s 2021 AGM and Conference - Uncovering Untold Stories: Menopause Myths and Racism at Work.

This year, Fawcett has been tackling some of the biggest issues facing women which have historically been silenced. These include menopause and the pay and progression of women of colour. Fawcett’s research into these areas this year have focussed on ensuring that women’s voices and experiences are at the centre – that women are letting us know what has happened, and that these women are also identifying what they want to change.

At our Uncovering Untold Stories conference, we will be holding hour-long panel sessions on both of these issues and will hear from a diverse range of speakers about the way forward. Details of speakers will be announced here in the coming weeks.

Event schedule

11:00 - 12:00 AGM (Fawcett members only)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Panel Session 1 - Menopause myths

14:15 - 15:15 Panel Session 2 Racism at work

The AGM 

Members are invited to join us at our AGM. This will begin at 11:00 and will include an opportunity to say goodbye to our Chair, Fiona Mactaggart. We will also be electing some new Trustees and celebrating what Fawcett has achieved over the past year. If you aren't a member but want to become one, click here to find out more. 

Panel session 1 - Menopause myths

We'll be discussing misunderstandings about menopause and how doctors and workplaces can better support women.

Chair - Kate Muir (she/her), Author, Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause

Kate Muir is a writer and documentary producer. She recently made Davina McCall: Sex, Lies and the Menopause for Channel 4, and her new book Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause (but were too afraid to ask) is out in January. She is also an activist for The Menopause Charity. Previously, she was Chief Film Critic of The Times.

Karen Arthur (she/her), Presenter, Menopause whilst Black 

Karen is a woman with a powerful message to send. A former teacher, she’s a fashion creative, private sewing tutor, stylist, model, content creator and speaker who has been honing her craft for over 40 years. More recently, she has focussed on creating beautiful clothing for women who appreciate hand crafted care and slow fashion.

She presents and produces Menopause whilst Black, a podcast that centres around Black British women's experiences with menopause in a bid to diversify this topic and is currently one of the lead faces for the Specsavers 2020 campaign.

Liz Prinz, (she/her), Insight Manager, Women in Sport

Liz Prinz is an Insight Manager at Women in Sport. She manages the charity’s insights on women’s and girls’ barriers, motivations and attitudes to sport and physical activity, with a particular focus on women in midlife and menopause. Her background is in research, impact and evaluation for community and international development projects.


Diane Danzebrink (she/her), Activist, #MakeMenopauseMatter

Menopause activist Diane Danzebrink founded the national #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign in October 2018. The campaign calls for mandatory menopause education for all GPs and menopause guidance in every workplace. The campaign has been instrumental in ensuring that menopause was added to the new RSE curriculum in secondary education in England in 2020 and continues to call for this throughout the rest of the U.K.

Diane is a personal therapist with professional nurse training in menopause who specialises in supporting women through menopause and beyond. She is the founder of the not for profit organisation Menopause Support which offers menopause education, information, guidance and support to the public via 1-1 video consultations, public workshops, a private Facebook community and menopause awareness training and consultancy to businesses and organisations.

Diane has contributed to several books about menopause and mental health and wellness and is writing her first book.

    Panel session 2 - Racism at work

    The Black Lives Matter movement has brought discussions of racism into the open, but how does it manifest for women of colour in the UK, and how can we challenge it?

    Chair - Kimberly McIntosh (she/her), Senior Policy and Research Officer, Child Poverty Action Group

    Kimberly McIntosh is a writer and researcher. She's Senior Policy and Research Officer at Child Poverty Action Group working on the Ending the Need for Food Banks project. Previously, she was Senior Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. Kimberly is currently writing her first book, black girl, no magic an non-fiction essay collection that will be published by the Borough press imprint at HarperCollins. She has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent and the Metro, and has discussed her work on BBC Radio 4, BBC News and Sky News. She is an Associate Editor at Wasafiri magazine, a quarterly British literary magazine covering international contemporary writing and sits on the Mayor of London’s Equality and Diversity Advisory board.


    Gloria Mills (she/her), Chair of the TUC Race Relations Committee, TUC

    Gloria is National Secretary and a member of UNISON's Senior Management Group.

    Gloria Mills created history when she became the first Black Woman elected President of the TUC in 2005; Mother of the Chapel in the print unions NATSOPA and SOGAT when she worked in law publishing and a senior national officer in NUPE; elected to the European TUC Executive Committee; Vice-President and President of the ETUC Women’s Committee in 2015.

    Gloria has been instrumental in leading negotiations in securing a raft of EU derived employment and equality laws - Article 13 Treaty of Amsterdam ensuring equality for over 500 million European citizens – covering race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion and belief ; Working Time; Part-Time Workers; Fixed Term; Maternity and Parental Leave Directives.

    Gloria was awarded the CBE in 2005; the MBE in 1999 for services to equality and the trade union movement. In 2006 received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Staffordshire University.

    Shani Dhanda (she/her), Disability Specialist

    Shani Dhanda is a multi-award-winning disability specialist and entrepreneur listed as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people and BBC’s 100 Women 2020 List.

    As a keynote speaker and practitioner for inclusion across business, government, non-profit and wider society, Shani helps organisations break barriers and integrate inclusion into their business frameworks.

    As an influential woman in leadership, Shani has taken change into her own hands and founded numerous organisations to improve representation and challenge social inequality globally - Diversability, Asian Woman Festival, and Asian Disability Network.

    Attendance is free but please do consider making a donation at the point of booking to support the running of this event.

    Booking for this event has now closed.