Plaque unveiled to celebrate Nottingham Women!

A new plaque has been officially unveiled today ahead of International Women’s Day this Sunday 8th March. Positioned on the Council House exterior on South Parade, the plaque honours the women who were first to hold important political leadership roles in the city. 

Photo left to right: The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Patience Ifediora, Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, Councillor Merlita Bryan and Councillor Rebecca Langton with children from Nottingham schools.

The plaque celebrates the following Nottingham women:

1920                                        First women elected to Nottingham City Council

                                                Helena Dowson and Caroline Harper

1931                                        First woman Sheriff of Nottingham

                                                Caroline Harper

1968                                        First woman Mayor of Nottingham

                                                Winifred Joan Case

1983                                        First woman Leader of the Council

                                                Betty Higgins

1989                                        First BAME woman councillor

                                                Eunice Campbell-Clark

2010                                        First woman MP in Nottingham City

                                                Lilian Greenwood

2012/ 2013                              First BAME woman Sheriff and Lord Mayor

                                                Merlita Bryan

2019                                        First BAME woman MP         

                                                Nadia Whittome

2019                                        First female majority Council and Cabinet in Nottingham City.

The plaque has been installed ahead of a special celebratory event to mark International Women’s Day 2020 from 11am to 3pm at Nottingham Council House on Sunday 8th March.

Women from across the city are invited to drop in to the Council House for free tea and cake as well as free tours of the building.

A range of activities has been organised to celebrate the success and strength of women across our city. It is a chance to take stock of what Nottingham women have achieved, see what services are on offer for women and share ideas for continuing the journey to gender equality. Everyone is welcome to take part in the activities and have a go for themselves as we celebrate Nottingham women leading the way.

Throughout the day the Ballroom will host organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors with stalls to help women find out about services and activities available for them in Nottingham. Trade Unions will hold stalls in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour and there will also be an exhibition to Nottingham Suffragist hero, Nellie Dowson.

Panel discussions will be held in the Council Chamber, discussing women’s roles in the Community, Workplace and Public Life. Female experts from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will also be showcasing their skills at an interactive exhibition in the Old Market Square.

Cllr Rebecca Langton, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s important that we recognise women’s contributions to public life in Nottingham, and this is a fitting way to do so permanently with a plaque in the heart of our city.

“Usually plaques honour historic figures, and while it’s right to recognise women from Nottingham’s history, I find it quite humbling that the plaque is also honouring relatively recent achievements. So many of the women who were first to hold public titles are not historic figures but are active today. The fact that it’s only recently Nottingham has elected its first women to Parliament reminds us why it’s important to mark women’s achievements on International Women’s Day and throughout the year.

“This plaque, and the programme of events, give us an important opportunity to take stock of what Nottingham women have achieved, and to celebrate the success and strength of women across our city.”

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