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Saturday Girls: UK’s first female exhibition of its kind

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Londoners: cancel your plans for today as ‘Saturday Girls’, the UK’s first photography exhibition of young women on the job across Britain, is within your reach for free and open until today only.

The acclaimed British photographer, Lewis Khan, has beautifully captured 10 women aged 16 to 29 years old from across the country using part-time, weekend work to enhance their lives, prospects and financial freedom.

The exhibition, currently open at the Woolff Gallery, aims to highlight how the typical ‘Saturday Girl’ has evolved over time.

Image credit: 'Saturday Girls', JOB TODAY

Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen an almost continual rise in the proportion of women in employment. The employment rate among women of ‘prime working age’ (aged 25-54) is up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

“Women are now using Saturday jobs to become more entrepreneurial and follow self-made ventures. The all-new Saturday Girl has also become more tech-savvy and juggles multiple jobs to enjoy more flexibility and independence,” reads the ‘Saturday Girls’ press release.

‘Saturday Girls’ was commissioned by JOB TODAY, the UK’s leading mobile hiring app, who launched a competition in order to find applicable women desiring to feature in the exhibition.

JOB TODAY is the hiring platform of choice for a new generation of jobseekers helping them quickly identify relevant jobs around them and apply from the comfort of their own device, making the one-time dreaded process of job hunting as quick and easy as possible.

Those chosen undoubtedly met the inspirational criteria of a young woman using Saturday work to develop her skills and lead to career progression and entrepreneurial ventures.

Image credit: 'Saturday Girls', JOB TODAY

“From Glasgow down to Newcastle, Birmingham, London and beyond, the documentary style exhibition showcases Collette Conlin, an usher at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle who hopes to become a star performer herself, Suzie Hawkins, the green fingered Saturday Girl from Manchester that started as an intern and now works Saturdays to teach floristry to others, and Helen Adeyera, a weekend hairdresser that is studying Computer Science at Coventry University, just to name a few,” continues the ‘Saturday Girls’ press release.

In fact, Helen made an appearance at the private party which celebrated the opening of the exhibition.

Polina Montano, Co-Founder of JOB TODAY, comments, “A century ago women couldn’t vote, get a loan or work in certain industries. Saturday Girl roles were incremental in helping women break down barriers and gain independence. We have now come a long way.”

“We wanted to give a platform to showcase the all new, modern-day ‘Saturday Girl’, showing how our future female workforce are already killing it at work, doing some pretty amazing things,” adds Polina.

Mariana Marques, an attendee for the showing’s special press viewing, says upon reflection: “It is an inspirational exhibition that honours hard-working and versatile women and inspires others to do what their heart tells them.”

“It is a brilliant view over this exciting new work pattern and lifestyle that helps to break barriers and realise that there is more to life than a 9 to 5 job,” adds Mariana.

So, be sure to head down to the exhibition at 89 Charlotte Street, London today before 5pm. For more information, visit jobtoday.com/saturdaygirls.

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