Celebrating 40 Years of Women at Trinity: Where Next for Women?


A joint event run by TCSU, Trinity Feminist Society and Women @ 40

Where Next For Women?

Achieving Change in the 21st Century

Trinity alumna Su-Mei Thompson (1984), CEO of the Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, joins us for an event celebrating 40 years of women at Trinity

6-7pm on Thursday 16 March in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Followed by a drinks reception

Free and open to all

In the 40 years since Trinity first admitted female fellows, women’s educational and career opportunities have been transformed in the wider world – but women are still under-represented in many key areas, including senior positions at university.

How can we change this? What needs to be done to make Higher Education truly empowering for women? And how can we create the conditions for women to thrive in the world outside the university? Join us for an event celebrating how far we’ve come and discussing where we should go next.

TCSU Women’s Officer Raniyah Qureshi (2014), and Trinity FemSoc President Beth Cloughton (2014), will be in conversation with Trinity alumna Su-Mei Thompson (1984), CEO of The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of women. She joins us to discuss her multi-faceted career which spans the law, media and the NGO sector and the work of her organisation, especially their recent documentary, ‘She Objects’, a short film which was included as part of the Official Selection at the Sundance Hong Kong Festival 2016 and which explores the negative impact of media stereotyping on young women’s ambitions and self-esteem. Among other honours and awards, Su-Mei has been recognised by Debretts/the South China Morning Post as one of the 100 most influential people in Hong Kong. Her TED Talk, Dying To Be Thin, has attracted over 35,000 views.


Su-Mei Thompson is CEO of The Women’s Foundation, a NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, and education and advocacy. TWF’s signature programmes include a Financial Literacy and Employability Programme for marginalised communities of women and its Life Skills and Gender Awareness Programmes for under-privileged adolescent girls and boys. Meanwhile, TWF’s highly acclaimed Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders, inspirational speaker events and scholarships are helping to build the pipeline of female talent for senior executive and non-executive roles. In 2013, Su-Mei founded the 30% Club HK, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders who are committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards. Su-Mei was also an Associate Producer for “She Objects” a new documentary by The Women’s Foundation which is being screened at a number of international film festivals this year.


6:00 pm

In Conversation with Su-Mei Thompson

7:00 pm

Drinks Reception


The Winstanley Lecture Theatre is a fully-equipped audio-visual theatre, with seating for up to 150 people.


To reach it, turn into Whewell's Court from Trinity Street. Turn right immediately after the first arch and climb the stone stairs. At the top of the stairs, follow the path round the ziggurat-like Wolfson building, leaving it to your left. Then turn right into Blue Boar Court. The Winstanley Lecture Theatre is on the east side of the Court.