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Ethel Day - celebrating women in architecture

#EthelDay - celebrating women in architecture

#EthelDay 2019 is an annual event that celebrates women’s contribution to the architecture profession. Taking place on Wednesday 5 June, the day is inspired by Ethel Mary Charles, the first woman to be elected to membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1898.

For #EthelDay 2019, we’ll be sharing stories of women throughout history whose contribution to architecture may not be well known. On the day, we’ll be posting their stories on this page and on our social media channels – and we’re encouraging you to join us.

To get involved, use the hashtag #EthelDay and tell us about a woman in architecture whose untold story you want to celebrate.

Ethel Mary Charles (left)

Image caption: Ethel Mary Charles (left)

Who was Ethel Mary Charles?

Ethel Charles became the first woman architect to join the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in 1898. However, Ethel’s path to becoming an architect and member of the RIBA was far from straight forward.

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