Soroptimists from all over the UK were encouraged to add their images to The People’s Picture – the Face of Suffrage on display on the concourse at Birmingham New Street Station from November 15th to the 14th December, the day women voted for the first time.
For more information about the project please see www.thepeoplespicture.com/thefaceofsuffrage/ We are proud that 2 Members of SI London Chilterns Region are represented on the montage – Irene Cockroft from SI Greater London and Rose Simbo from SI Thames Valley – what a great way to raise the profile of Soroptimists.
This is the text that was submitted with Irene’s photo entry:
This is the text that was submitted with Rose’s photo entry:
National Trust celebrates an inspirational Soroptimist: Rose Simbo As part of this year’s celebration to mark the centenary of women first achieving the vote in Britain, The National Trust is not only commemorating the lives of powerful historical women. It is also telling the story of inspirational women working in the community today. SI Thames Valley nominated their member Rose Simbo for her work setting up the Kori Charity in Sierra Leone, to which many Soroptimists throughout the country have sent contributions of donations of all kinds. At a special meeting in the Orangerie at the National Trust’s Cliveden in Taplow, Berkshire the nominees were invited to speak about their achievements. These nominees were very varied; from founders of new charities, of mental health groups, from marathon runners to one woman who had rowed around England for charity. Each gave a short speech on her work and members of SI Thames Valley, who were there to support Rose, were delighted to have a special publicity spot in Rose’s speech as she highlighted how Soroptimists rally round to support her whenever they can. The meeting ended with a torchlight walk through the grounds to see an exhibition which was then opened to the general public featuring all the nominees involved and which is still on show. It was indeed an inspirational evening.