Inspirational women from a century of Maidenhead life were under the spotlight (July/August 2019). Nick Forder, curator at the town’s museum, put together a fascinating exhibition which included suffragette Victoria Simmons, Nancy Astor (the first woman to take her seat in parliament), Joan Hughes (one of the first women to join Air Transport Auxiliary), Agnes del Riego (the first woman scoutmaster), Baroness Shreela Flather (the first female Asian mayor), Theresa May (the UK’s second female Prime Minister) and other prominent women who could be inspiring role models for the young women of today.
The exhibition was divided into specific sections to make it easier to navigate with a slideshow for each section:
Theresa May MP opened the exhibition on her final day as Prime Minister, and added her famous “kitten heels” to the display.
Credit: The Maidenhead Advertiser
Inspirational Women in Public Service including:
Nicola Cripps, Nancy Astor, Theresa May, Shreela Flather, Agnes Baden-Powell, Agnes Del Riego, Sayonara Luxton, Magaret Pitcher, Joan Hughes, Claire Stretton, Steph James and Lisa Hunter.
Inspirational Sportswomen including:
Sophie Christiansen, Gina McGregor, Georgia Veneer, Jeanette Chippington, Katherine Grainger, Barbara Stamp, Lesley Kernaghan, Linda Szulz and Cazz Lander.
Inspirational Women in Medicine including:
Pauline Cutting, Mary Spinks, Barbara Ansell,
Inspirational Women in Entertainment including:
The Spice Girls, Debbie McGee, Kate Winslett, Carol Vorderman and Joanne Froggatt.
Inspirational Women in Charity including:
Fiona Devine, Alisa Bosworth, Brenda Butler and Sue Brett.
Inspirational Businesswomen including:
Jodie Humphries, Rebecca de Jager, Amanda Ayres, Deborah Jones, Teresa Mills, Suzy Kirkwood and Jane Wright.
Inspirational Icons including:
Lady Penelope, Ettie Desborough, Amy Johnson, Barbie and Mary Ellis.
Inspirational Women Working For Equality including:
Helen Ogston, Sarah Thornton, Victoria Simmons and Pauline Gower.