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International Women’s Day 2020

At Cardinal Newman College we are marking International Women’s Day 2020 with an exhibition celebrating the amazing and inspirational women that are associated with Winckley Square, including Preston’s most famous suffragette Edith Rigby.

Other notable women mentioned in the exhibition include Dorothy Heaton who qualified as a Solicitor in the mid-1930s and was, for a time the first and only female Solicitor. She set up her own firm, Dorothy Heaton & Co. Solicitors at No. 17 Winckley Square and specialised in divorce and paternity work. Her work particularly focused on the needs of her female clients, as well as being a member of Preston Women’s Citizen’s Association and gave talks on civil liberties and women’s rights. During WWII she was instrumental in setting up Preston Women’s Auxiliary Defence Corps and was the commandant!

To read more about these wonderful women and their extraordinary achievements and contributions, with untold stories that will fascinate, surprise and even shock you – check out the display which will be in the College atrium until Friday 13th March.

We will also be encouraging our staff and students to get on board this International Women’s Day with this year’s theme #EachForEqual

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

So put your arms out front and STRIKE THE #EachforEqual POSE to motivate others and to make International Women’s Day YOUR day.


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