This year marks two major anniversaries for women’s equality. In 1868, nine women were admitted to the University of London to enrol for a ‘special examination’ course, giving women in Britain access to university education for the first time. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed in the UK, for the first time giving the right to vote to women over the age of 30 and "of property".
Now, 150 years since women were first admitted to higher education in Britain, and on the centenary of UK women's suffrage, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (a constituent college of the University of London) is proud to be hosting the second annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference.
Women are vital to the advancement of global health, making up 75% of the healthcare workforce. Yet they occupy fewer than 25% of influential leadership roles, including just eight of 34 World Health Organization executive board positions.
Throughout 2018, we will be celebrating and supporting women in global and public health. Working with our partners, we will advance a collective new vision for global health leadership and build opportunities for women to progress in all forms of leadership – from local communities to classrooms, from science to politics.
On 8-9 November, the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2018 will build on last year’s hugely successful inaugural event held at Stanford University, USA. The conference will highlight emerging and established women leaders in global health, and have a strong focus on mentoring. Attendees will hear from leading women on some of the most urgent health issues facing the world today, including antimicrobial resistance, emerging infectious diseases and environmental health and climate change.
Join the conversation at #WLGH18.
Women in Health: annual LSHTM lecture
Our flagship annual lecture given by leading women in global health.
University of London: Leading Women 1868–2018
Events and activities celebrating the 150th anniversary.
Insights from women leaders
Leading women associated with the LSHTM discuss their career and give advice to women starting out.