New walking trail takes you on a step back into the history of Plymouth's Powerful Women, meandering through time to discover the women who challenged expectations and made Plymouth the city it is today
Launching on International Women's Day on the 8th of March on the Plymouth Trails app, the new 1.2 mile route celebrates 100 years of Plymouth's Powerful Women, introducing some of the important and influential women who made a real difference to the City. As a maritime city, Plymouth has a long tradition of female activism and engagement as so many of its men were away at sea.
Starting at the Nancy Astor statue on the Hoe, the route visits locations where these women lived or worked, telling their stories through images, video, and text. Stop 2, "Breaking Scientific Boundaries", delves into the lives and achievements of some of our own change-making women scientists. The life of the eminent environmentalist Marjorie Alison Wilson (1903-1978) is explored. Alison was married to the Deputy Director of the MBA, Douglas Wilson, and despite holding a PhD in Phycology rules regulated that as a wife of an existing scientist she wasn't allowed to work at the MBA and could only work from home.
Taking in 13 stops in total, the trail ends at the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican. Here it links to the Mayflower400 trail as Nancy and her women's network were prominent in planning and shaping the Plymouth Mayflower celebration in 1920. Developed by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum for their National Lottery Heritage Funded project, "100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women", the trail is the 8th route to be added to the Plymouth Trails app, and will launch on International Women's Day on the 8th of March.