International Women's Day

8 March

For International Women's Day we at the Richmond WI joined millions of people across the world in celebrating amazing and inspiring women.

Women of Richmond

We’re celebrating women with a connection to Richmond. Here are a few notable figures:

Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot) 

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Nancy Wake

Virginia Woolf

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Clementina Black is buried here

Dame Celia Johnson

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Who inspires us?

We asked our members to name the women who have inspired them:

Jo’s nomination:

“Erin Patria Margaret Pizzey (b.1939) was an English family care activist and a novelist who became internationally famous for having started the first domestic violence shelter in the modern world, Chiswick Women's Aid, in 1971, the organisation known today as Refuge. She was a quite a colourful and slightly controversial character but created something which would go on to change women's lives for future generations.”

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Ellie’s nomination: 

“Professor Edith Morley (1875 – 1964) was the first female professor appointed at a UK university. Appointed as Professor of English Language at the University of Reading in 1908, Professor Morley was a formidable academic presence at the institution, dedicated to her subject, her students and her cause. Her belief that women should have equal place in academia and society drove her to be an inspiring and motivating force for the young people around her.”

Margaret’s nomination:

“Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852) is widely considered to be the first computer programmer. As a child, her mother insisted that she was taught mathematics (an unusual subject at the time for a girl to study). Her mathematical talents led her to a long working relationship and friendship with fellow British mathematician Charles Babbage, also known as 'the father of computers', and in particular, Babbage's work on the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.”