St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Women in Leadership debate encourages men and women to
01 August 2014
Five prominent leaders have debated the ways gender equality can be found in leadership positions across
sectors, under the dome of St Paul’s.
With an audience of nearly 1,500 women and men in attendance, St Paul’s
Institute hosted one of London’s biggest women’s events of 2014, just days after the General Synod voted to allow the consecration of
A series of stirring and poignant speeches, addressing the considerable institutional and cultural barriers preventing women from reaching
positions of leadership, were given by the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons; Liz Bingham, Managing
Partner for Talent at EY; Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress; and Ceri Goddard, Director for Gender at the
These were followed by an audience Q&A, and a moving call to action by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.
She said: "Gender injustice is so ingrained it goes back to the beginnings of humanity...We must tackle this injustice in our families, social
circles, work places as well as our legislation.”
She encouraged the women in the audience to take every opportunity to lead, to "be a beacon, not a token."
Frances O’Grady encouraged the audience to extend "a hand up and a hand down,” to find encouragement and mentorship from elders, while
supporting and educating younger women.
Watch the full video from the debate
Audience members responded enthusiastically to the event, calling it a 'memorable', 'thought provoking' and 'inspiring' evening on social
A networking space at the west end of the Cathedral, co-hosted by supporting organisations Women 1st, National Union of Students, CWN (City Women Network), Women’s Resource Centre and WATCH (Women and the Church) gave
those in attendance a chance to join or learn more about their networks and the important work they are doing to support women in leadership
Many participated in our social media campaign, which asked "what action will you take to support, promote or become women in leadership?”.
Audience members were photographed holding up signs that described what they will do to promote gender equality. The social media campaign
found a great reach; it was trending on Twitter in the UK, and had great contributions from Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport Tourism and Equalities,
Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, Revd Rosemary Lain Priestley, theologian and Dean of
Women’s Ministry in the Two Cities area of the London Diocese, and our own Cathedral Chapter.
The Very Revd David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, and event co-ordinator Hannah Elias have written a reflection on the evening’s