50 Greatest Gloucestershire Women

CELEBRATING 50 Great Gloucestershire Women – nominate your favourite

One hundred years ago British women were given the right to vote for the first time.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 gained Royal Assent on February 6, 1918. This year events are taking place up and down the country to mark the moment in history which came about thanks to the courage and dedication of suffrage campaigners. See events near you at www.womensbusiness.club/international-womens-day

Gloucestershire Live has teamed up with the team at Cheltenham Racecourse who host their Ladies Day on Wednesday, March 14 to honour those brilliant women both throughout history and in our communities today who have made a difference to Gloucestershire.

They have launched the search to find the 50 Greatest Gloucestershire Women who through talent, bravery, determination and passion have made their mark on our society.

All qualify from an industrial pioneer, scientist or business leader, an amazing teacher, inspiring community leader or famous writer, simply submit your nomination at  www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/50greatgloswomen

The final 50 will be unveiled right here at the Women’s Business Club and in a special edition of GL Weekend magazine, free with the Citizen and Echo, on March 8 – International Women’s Day.  These 50 names will be engraved on a plaque which will be unveiled at Cheltenham Racecourse during The Festival in March.

Matthew Foxton-Duffy, regional head of marketing for the south-west region of The Jockey Club said: “We are delighted to partner with Gloucester Echo on this initiative and look forward to hearing about all the great, inspiring woman who live in Gloucestershire, as well as unveiling the plaque at this year’s Festival.”

Carol Francis from Gloucester has already been nominated. She was the first black female elected member of Gloucester City Council and has been a tireless community campaigner over the years.

“I am surprised and humbled as a lot of what I have done I have just taken as everyday things people should get involved with, for example as a parent you should try and get involved with your children’s school, hence I became a school governor,” she said.

Another nominee is Bisley author Jilly Cooper who has recently been appointed a CBE for literature and charity in the New Year’s Honours List.

“I am delighted to be nominated as one of Gloucestershire’s 50 greatest women,” she said. “I love it because I am so in love with Gloucestershire,” she said.

“It’s such a divine county. It’s so beautiful and the people are so sweet.

“When we moved here in 1982 everybody just welcomed us. It’s a very kind place and you’re virtually assaulted by its beauty every day.

“I love Cirencester Polo Club and Cheltenham Racecourse is the absolute jewel in the crown.

“They have given me so much inspiration for my books.”

Editor of Gloucestershire Live Jenny Eastwood said: “We are so excited to be working with Cheltenham Racecourse Ladies Day on our 50 Greatest Gloucestershire Women campaign.

“As well as nominations from the public, we will also be thinking of inspiring women who deserve recognition within this list. The hardest part will be getting it down to just 50.”

Wednesday, March 14 is Ladies Day and this year the annual fashion competition is all about bringing colour and style to The Festival™.

With amazing prizes on offer there is the chance of winning a brand new MINI ONE CAR from W.O. Lewis and Sytner, Solihull as well as other fantastic prizes.

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