100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women

The Hoe Neighbourhood Forum together with the University of Plymouth’s Time-Lock#ChitChat team, RIO and The Box, are hosting a Heritage Lottery-funded exhibition on 28 November 2019: showcasing Plymouth Powerful Women over the last 100 years – women who have worked in different fields and in different ways to support and protect their fellow citizens and promote the City. 

This exhibition launches the 100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women project. Our starting point is recognition of the importance of the women’s dimension in shaping the modern city, but equally, recognition that too many of these women have been forgotten. 

This is a community project to celebrate the impact and legacy of women whose contribution needs to be rediscovered and to achieve this, we are reaching out to Plymothians old and new. We have an initial list of 50 names – and, for around twenty of them, we know something solid about their lives and work. But – there are others about whom we know far too little.

Help us to find out more

Bring us your memories, share your stories about them, along with and photographs so we can put faces to names! 

Send them to us via email at wip-project@plymouth.ac.uk or post on our Facebook page. Alternatively send it by post to our research co-ordinator and adviser, Professor Judith Rowbotham, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA. Deadline: 15 January 2020.

Our aim is to use the information you send us draw up a list of up to 100 women over the last century, whose names and impact on Plymouth need celebrating – this long list will be announced on 21 January, at 18h30, during the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Research Festival, before the showing of the Time-Lock#ChitChat documentary on Nancy Astor – A Returned Pilgrim.

The list will then appear on this webpage, with the information we have on the women, and this can be added to during the rest of January, February and March. 

In April, we will ask you to vote for your top thirty – and we will announce that during Plymouth History Month 2020. 

We will then use this to create an app-based Powerful Plymouth Women Heritage Trail around Plymouth, featuring these top 30 along with Nancy Astor, which will launch in September 2020, in time for Mayflower 400.

Make your recommendation

  • @ Make your recommendations for other influential Plymouth women by emailing wip-project@plymouth.ac.uk