6 February 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which for the first time granted some women the right to vote in the UK.

To mark this anniversary Design Council will feature a series of ‘Leading Women’ over the next twelve months who have each made invaluable contributions to shape the world that we live in today.

Our Leading Women in Design series will hear a wide range of voices and recognise achievements within the design economy through interviews, features and articles as part of a wider discussion about diversity and talent in design.

Check out our new Leading Women in Design series.

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Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh: The female designer fixing our lives Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh is the Irish mastermind behind Sugru – ‘the most exciting product since Sellotape’. Over a cup of tea in her company’s HQ in Hackney, east London, she shares her thoughts on reimagining education systems, diversity in design, dishwashers and funky clothes. In our fourth Leading Women in Design story, we spoke to Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, inventor of 'the most exciting product since Sellotape...

Feature — 25/04/2018

Rachel Skinner: ‘Best Woman Civil Engineer’ awardee 2017 In the third article in our Leading Women in Design series, Rachel Skinner gives us her view on what design means to her, and what engineering is doing to break down barriers and promote real opportunities for all. In our third Leading Women in Design article, Rachel Skinner tells us what engineering is doing to promote real opportunities for all.

Feature — 09/03/2018

Sarah Weir OBE: Design Council's first female CEO In the second article in our Leading Women in Design series, Design Council CEO Sarah Weir reflects on her experiences of diversity throughout her varied career. In the second Leading Women in Design article, Sarah Weir reflects on her experiences of diversity throughout her varied career.

Feature — 06/02/2018

Jo Arscott: Britain's first black female Creative Director In the first article in our Leading Women in Design series, Jo Arscott talks diversity in design and tells us what design means to her. In the first article in our Leading Women in Design series, Jo Arscott talks diversity in design and tells us what design means to her.

Feature — 31/01/2018

Dyslexia and design Is Dyslexia a weakness or a strength? Designers Ab Rogers and Jim Rokos discuss how they feel dyslexia enables them to think differently. Is Dyslexia a weakness or a strength? Designers Ab Rogers and Jim Rokos discuss how they feel dyslexia enables them to think differently.

Feature — 09/01/2018

Sexism in design Allegations around harassment scandals are rife, with Westminster and Hollywood currently under fire. In an article originally published by Design Week” on November 10 2017, they ask female designers to discuss their experiences of sexism in the workplace. Female designers discuss their experiences of sexism in the workplace.

Feature — 27/11/2017