'Tell us about inspiring women'

June 29 2018

PEOPLE have just days left to submit their stories about the achievements of inspirational women from South Gloucestershire who have made a difference to society.

Have you been inspired by your mother, aunt, grandmother, someone you are friends with or a work colleague? If they’ve got a powerful connection to the area over the past 100 years South Gloucestershire Council wants to hear from you.

The closing date for online entries is Tuesday July 3. Details are on the council website.

The new National Lottery funded project is called Inspiring Women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire. It will help demonstrate how the events of 1918 have changed women’s lives forever as this was the year that not only marked the end of the war but also saw the Representation of the People Act introduced. The Act allowed some women over the age of 30 the right to vote but it was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved the same voting rights as men.

Council chair Rachael Huntsaid: "We are working with various local heritage organisations to research and uncover hidden stories as well as finding artefacts, letters or newspapers. If you can help us by contributing to this legacy, I strongly urge you to start a conversation with your friends and relatives about inspirational women they have known or know and nominate them today."