Inspiring Women:

Alma Woodsy Thomas and Mary Lou Williams


The Inspiring women programme features the work of two of the 20th Century's most inspiring women.

Mary Lou Williams was a Jazz pianist who began performing for her neighbours aged 6. Her amazing talent helped her overcome the challenges of racial and gender discrimination.

Alma Woodsy Thomas was equally inspiring using her art skills as a teacher initially, setting up after school art clubs and exhibitions for her students. Later her work was hung by Michelle Obama in the White House.

The Inspiring Women programme focuses on the themes of pattern, colour, the roles of women and the power of music and art.