Help us choose 100 inspiring Suffolk women – nominate someone today

The statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square. Picture: Garry Knight

The statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square. Picture: Garry Knight - Credit: Archant

The reason is simple: We want to honour the numerous inspirational women of today who deserve to be recognised for their successes. And, in doing so, we’ll also remember the achievements of those who have gone before.

Aldeburgh-born suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Aldeburgh-born suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett - Credit: Archant

In partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce we’re putting together a list of 100 Inspiring Suffolk Women and inviting readers to nominate their choices by writing up to 100 words explaining why and how they inspire. The names will go before a panel that will choose the final list.

Those 100 women will be invited to a special lunch at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, near Ipswich, later this year.

Tickets will also go on general sale, so members of the public can join this celebration of local female endeavour, bravery, flair, passion, persistence and achievement.

We’re launching this event because of the significance of 2018 –100 years since women got the vote.

And in terms of inspirational Suffolk women, Aldeburgh-born suffragist leader Dame Millicent Fawcett is certainly that.

A member of the Garrett family, she worked tirelessly to win hearts and minds from the mid-1800s. In 1918 it helped result in the first women in Britain winning the right to vote.

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We are looking for nominations from all backgrounds, sectors and environments. We want to know about the exceptional entrepreneurs, the inspiring leaders and the trailblazing women who are leading the way, and who you think should be recognised as positive role models for future generations.

It couldn’t be simpler to nominate the person you believe to be an inspiring Suffolk woman.

Just tell us her name and, in up to 100 words, why she impresses you so much. Please include, too, your name, address, phone number and email address if you use one.

A panel will consider all nominations and draw up a list of 100 Inspiring Suffolk Women, whose achievements and examples will be celebrated this autumn.

Send your nominations of up to 100 words to or post to Inspiring Suffolk Women, features department, East Anglian Daily Times, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS.

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