Today (Monday 20 February), the Same But Different photography project opens at City Hall in London. The exhibition aims to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about what it means to be a women at work in the UK today and celebrates the diversity of all women in work, sharing the stories of women whose voices are rarely heard.
In the UK, public discussion and imagery of ‘women in work’ tend to focus on white women in ‘corporate’ roles. This does not reflect the reality of all women who work. The Same But Different photography project wants to change this. Business in the Community has collaborated with photographer Leonora Saunders to use stunning imagery alongside intimate narratives to share the experiences of working women whose experiences are least heard and challenge the ways in which working women are portrayed in the UK today.
Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community and founder of the Same But Different project, said: “Through Same But Different we want to change the dominant narrative about women in work, and show the public, the media, and employers that women are not one homogenous group. Women do not all have the same experiences or challenges simply because they are women – our sex or gender may be the same, but our identities, our successes and our struggles are different. This exhibition is the start of our digital Same But Different project, and we are asking women everywhere to share their stories.”
The exhibition will be on view in City Hall’s public exhibition space. It is free to attend and runs until Friday 10 March, including International Women’s Day (8 March). The exhibition will then continue through an online digital photo gallery that will also gather and share stories from women across the UK about what it means to them to be a woman who works.