SI Plymouth 100 Women Walk


To mark the centenary of votes for women, over 100 placard-bearing Soroptimists from Plymouth, St Austell and Torbay were joined by other women as they marched through Plymouth city centre, many wearing period costume.  The colourful parade attracted a lot of attention and media coverage including Westcountry TV, Radio Devon and local newspapers as well as live Facebook coverage by Plymouth Herald.

This is ITV’s newscast of the event:

 

Plymouth Soroptimist Hilary Preston came up with the idea and as well as organising the march on 9th May, compiled a list of 100 women who have achieved a ‘first’ during the last century.  The marchers wore sashes and carried placards with the names and achievements of the 100 notable women.

 

The poster announcing the Walk through Plymouth to celebrate 100 Women of the past century since female suffrage.
Sue, Lorraine and Jenny from SI Plymouth promoting the 100 Women Walk before the event. They walked through the Ridgeway distributing leaflets and information dressed as Edwardian Suffragists/Suffragettes
Gathering before the start of the Walk.
group at start 1
Lots of excitement before the start of the Walk.
Members of SI St Austell who joined the march
Over 100 women walked to honour the achievements of not only the Suffagettes/Suffragists but also the amazing British women who have made their contribution to the world in the last century.

Plymouth’s Lord Mayor Councillor Wendy Foster met the marchers at the end of the walk when everyone enjoyed afternoon tea provided by a Plymouth Soroptimist in the Council chambers.