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Inspiring women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire

Inspiring Women


We have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project, Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire.  In 1918, the last year of the First World War, the Representation of the People Act allowed some women to vote for the first time.  This project explores and shares stories about South Gloucestershire’s women to celebrate their achievements today and over the last 100 years.

The story of women’s achievements in South Gloucestershire includes the role women have played in the development of science, technology engineering and maths (STEM), industry, culture, sport, local politics, public service and social justice. We aim to inspire women from all walks of life, promoting an understanding of the legacy and value of women’s contribution over the last 100 years and how this has influenced our lives today.


Read about the nominated inspiring women from South Gloucestershire.....


South Gloucestershire Inspiring Women – classroom resources and activities

Classroom activities and presentation slides are available for primary and secondary schools to download and use. Activities link to KS2 and KS3 National Curriculum History and PHSE


Classroom activities

Download these six suggested activities, designed to be used flexibly within school sessions. Accompanying nominee selection document can be downloaded here.


Presentation slides

The presentation is divided into the six categories with a related timeline for each, showing significant events and changes in law. Looking at each timeline and the related nominees in turn can be a way of students reflecting on how changes in society and the wider world has influenced the lives of individual, and how individuals have influenced changes in society. Please note: the presentation is also available as PowerPoint slides in the downloads section.


Women's Equality Game

Download and play our board game (for ages 11 plus, as well as adult groups). This game promotes discussion among players with an additional pack of cards which detail the timeline of the laws which have effected women’s equality.


IW resources feedback form

Please tell us what you think of the South Gloucestershire Inspiring Women learning resources

See downloads from the International Women’s Day Conference for Young People 2019: a report on the workshop at Aerospace Bristol and the Conference at the University of the West of England with examples of social media exhibition pieces and young people’s ideas.

Useful links

Search these useful links to find learning resources about positive female role models and for international women’s day activities for primary and secondary groups.

Recommended reading for adults

Recommended reading for young people


Industry & STEM

Thelma Bennett
Meriel James
Deborah Jones
Betty Morgan
Brenda Perry
Emma Robertson
Janet Tolman
Jean Williams


Romy Hardeep Gill MBE
Minnie Louise Haskins
Margaret Lovell
Jekka McVicar
Jackie Sims
Jane Tozer


Karen Butler
Hannah Cushley
Rosie Douglas
Elizabeth Ann Trotman MBE

Local Politics

Pat Apps
Mabel Flux OBE
Heather Goddard
Gladys Nelson
Sue Walker
Erica Williams
Chris Willmore
Mary Blathwayte

Public Service

Margaret Bracy
Georgiana Budgett
Olivia Burgess
Amanda Deeks OBE
Mary Draper
Ethel Gale
Gertrude Higgins
Clarrisa Hobbs
Rosina Jones
Tina Mitchell-Skinner
Rosie Phillips
Rosa Rouse
Rachel Treweek
Susan Tubey
Rachel Whittard
Lucy Hamid

Social Justice

Brenda Bishop
Primrose Granville
Aaliyah Hussain
Alex Raikes MBE
Sue Liebow
Sue Kelham


View the Inspiring Women exhibition at the following locations:
Please check the website for individual opening hours.

Winterbourne Library 2/7/2019 – 22/7/2019
Cadbury Health Library 23/09/2019 – 14/10/2019
Downend Library 18/11/2019 – 20/12/2019



The project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.


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