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The London football team celebrating International Women's Day

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Women's sport is sadly an area that is often overlooked, with female players being paid significantly less than their male counterparts. In honour of International Women's Day, Camden Town Brewery has created a new kit for Camden Town FC - Camden's all-female football team - in tribute to some of the incredible women who have influenced the London borough.

Image courtesy of Camden Town Brewery

Created by artist Bodil Jane, who is known for her bold illustrations of iconic women, the kit is a piece of art that features illustrations of women who have inspired not only the borough but the entire city of London.

Speaking about the kit, Bodil Jane said: “This project has reinvented the conventions of what a football kit can look like and its meaning to those who wear it. Having illustrated some of the world’s most iconic women, I was so inspired by the women who hail from the cultural hub that is Camden, and I’m proud of the work that now bears their faces and legacy.”

Image courtesy of Camden Town Brewery

Sylvia Plath

The celebrated poet and author Sylvia Plath married fellow poet Ted Hughes in Camden in 1956. She also lived in Primrose Hill, in the borough, towards the end of her life and at her home of 3 Chalcot Square, there is a blue plaque commemorating her. She was known for her novel The Bell Jar as well as her poetry collections Ariel and The Colossus, and although Plath reached a tragic end, committing suicide aged just 30, her legacy more than lives on. 

Dame Millicent Fawcett DBE

Political leader, writer and activist Millicent Fawcett is mostly known for her work campaigning for women's suffrage during the early 1900s. She was the head of The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 until 1919 and lived in Bloomsbury for 45 years, until her death. In 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a new statue of her in Parliament Square. 

Buchi Emecheta OBE

Nigerian born British author Buchi Emecheta spent part of her life working in Camden's Chalk Farm library. Her first ever novel 'The Ditch' was also set within the borough - mostly taking place in the Queen's Crescent area. 

Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE

Celebrated modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth is an artist whose legacy has long outlived her. Her work is housed in the Tate gallery, and during the 1920s she called Camden home - and her influence still resides in the borough long after she left.

If you're interested in purchasing this one of a kind shirt, it's available to purchase from Brewery's Bar in Camden with proceeds of the sale going to The Fawcett Society - a charity started by Millicent Fawcett that campaigns for gender equality and women's rights. 

Image courtesy of Camden Town Brewery

This isn't the only thing that the brewery is doing to support International Women's Day - it will also be donating the proceeds from any beer sales to The Fawcett Society until 10th March.

Andre Amaral, Marketing Director at Camden Town Brewery, said: “Our local community is the lifeblood of the business. We are rooted in Camden culture and take every opportunity to celebrate the people who made Camden, Camden. The Women of Camden kit reflects the creativity, diversity and inclusivity that has drawn people from all over the world to the borough for generations, and is inspired by the women of Camden’s past, for the women who live, work and play in Camden today.”

Lead image courtesy of Camden Town Brewery




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