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The Lunch

Award winners and attendees

The Women of the Year Lunch brings together more than 400 women from all walks of life, each handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only themselves but also the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day. In a world which often celebrates ‘celebrity’, Women of the Year sets itself apart by honouring real achievement and diversity.

Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds since 1955, when it was founded by the late Lady Tony (Antonella) Lothian OBE with Lady Georgina Coleridge and Odette Hallowes.

The very first event of its kind, Lady Lothian’s aim was to bring together a wide cross-section of working women who had distinguished themselves in their careers or their communities. At a time when the concept of career networking for women was unknown, Women of the Year was, and remains, a gathering for inspirational women and an opportunity to hear the views of world-famous women on important issues.

At the Lunch, awards are presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. Recent winners include Fahma Mohamed, Christina Noble, Beatrice Mtetwa,  Waris Dirie, Andrea Coleman,The Dagenham Women Machinists, The 2012 Team GB Olympic & Paralympic, P.D. James, Doreen Lawrence, Zainab Salbi, Katie Piper and Dr Nawal El Saadawi. Other winners include, Lulu, Annie Lennox, Susie Hart, Tina Turner, Dame Kelly Holmes, Claire Hicks and Jasvinder Sanghera.

The 2015 Women of the Year Lunch & Awards was held on Monday 19 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane.

The Frink Bronze Eagle

Our wonderful Bronze Eagle: The Frink Bronze Eagle was sculpted and donated by Dame Elisabeth Frink RA, (1933 – 1993) one of Britain’s leading and foremost celebrated artists. She specialised in sculpting animals and the human form, which set her apart from her contemporaries. Whilst still a student, one of her sculptures was bought by the Beaux Arts Gallery of London’s West End. Today her work can be seen across England, the United States and China. She was awarded a CBE in 1962 and in 1982 she was made Dame of the British Empire.