Plymouth’s Powerful Women is a new trail launching on the Plymouth Trails app for International Women’s Day. This year's theme for International Women's Day is 'Choose to Challenge'; the Trail App highlights how these women chose to challenge expectations and so helped to change Plymouth and make it the city it is today.
The trail has been developed by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum for their National Lottery Heritage Funded project, “100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women” in association with the University of Plymouth. The research was conducted by Dr Judith Rowbotham (Honorary Professor) and content and images were sourced by Professor Kim Stevenson (Emeritus Professor) from the University.
1.2 mile route starts at the Nancy Astor statue on the Hoe, and stops at 13
sites with a connection to amazing women in Plymouth. You will hear the stories of scientist Marjorie Wilson, language school founder Suzanne Sparrow, suffragist Clara Daymond and the South West’s first female GP Dr Rosa Bale, among many others. The route finishes at the
Mayflower Steps, where Nancy Astor laid the commemorative stone in 1920 to mark
trail celebrates 100 years of the important and influential women who lived or
worked in the vicinity of The Hoe and who made a real difference to the city,
pushing boundaries, enhancing living conditions, promoting social justice and
creating educational opportunities for all.
trail uses archival images and video to bring each stop to life. Users can
follow the route with a real-time map. The route is suitable for wheelchair
users, with an alternative route suggested to avoid one stretch of cobbles.
we are in lockdown, we are launching this trail for local people (within
walking distance) to enjoy. However, those who live in wider Plymouth can still
use the app and content from their homes, or wait for local restrictions to
This is trail is the 8th trail to be added to the app, alongside the Mayflower Trail, Rainbow Connections and City Centre Trail.