The 8th of March will see many people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Here at East End tours, we think that this is the perfect time to discuss some of the most famous women that have graced the streets of London.
Some may be better known than others and while they may not all be directly connected to the East End, they have still made a significant impact on the city of London. So, without further ado, here are some of the women that have left a lasting impression on the city.
The first woman on the list is Phillis Wheatley. She was born in 1753 and is recognised as being the first published black female poet. Although she did not live in London and actually only visited the city once, she is worthy of a spot on our list as her poetry book was published in Aldgate in 1733. It was this book that earned her place in the history books.
The second woman on our list may be slightly more well known. Minnie Lansbury was a teacher, union activist and rebel councillor as well as a member of the East London Federation of the Suffragettes. She played a key role in many of their community actions and campaigns that aimed to have men and women treated equally.
Lady Nancy Astor
Our third woman is Lady Nancy Astor. Born in 1879, Nancy spent her life dedicated to the world of politics and it is this that she is well known for. In fact, she was the first ever woman to sit in parliament and she held her seat for 25 years.
Edith Cavell is known for being a pioneer of modern medicine in Belgium as well as a Heroine of the Great War. She trained and worked in the city of London, although there is even a hospital in the city of Peterborough that sits on Edith Cavell Campus – a site named after this impressive woman.
Dame Christabel Pankhurst
The last woman on our list is Dame Christabel Pankhurst. Born in 1880, she dedicated her life to helping women gain the same rights as men, working as an active campaigner for the Suffragettes. She is seen as one of the main women responsible for the movement that we all recognise today and because of this, she shares a plaque outside her former home at 50 Clarendon Road in London with her mother, fellow Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
These are only a handful of women who have made an impact on the city of London, but there are hundreds more that should also be celebrated for their achievements this International Women’s Day. For more information on East End Tours or to book a tour, please contact us today.