Today marks the end of Women’s History Month for 2019. Our festival took place earlier in the month, we ran two guided tours of Colchester and our touring exhibition in the process of moving from Epping Forest District Museum to the Museum of Power.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Snapping the Stiletto is winding down. In fact, we’re really excited about our remaining months’ work.
New opportunities for researching local women’s history with our museums continue to come up, and current opportunities can be found here. We have just launched our “Wikipedian” opportunities and have already received some great responses.
Our project manager, Pippa Smith, is in the process of arranging events and “pop up” displays to help share all of the exciting opportunities we’ve uncovered and we’ll post details here as soon as possible.
This project has been very much steered and delivered by the people of Essex, who have advised us in shaping the programme, done the research, written the exhibition and helped with our events. We are incredibly grateful to all of you.
We were therefore delighted to receive these two poems, written by attendees of poet-in-residence Elelia Ferro’s session at our Snapping the Stiletto: Essex Women’s History Festival. The first is by Wendy Constance, and the second is by Juliet Townsend, Chairwoman of the Essex Women’s Advisory Group.
Unpaid work Unjust disparity Undermined lives
Cruel anti-suffrage Fearless campaigning Women’s rights
Printed propaganda Seditious stitches Dangerous coats
A new century arrived
under fresh skies
women gathered, raised awareness
inspired each other to
seek liberation – but
still much to do
Women’s resilience Shared stories Snapped stilettos
Wendy Constance 2019
Folk devil Dumb blonde Reject reclaim Rock bitch Bereaved mothers Brave stance Subtleprose
In a progressive place progressive women
meet and talk, storytelling lights new ideas
Blood red Think hard Share tales
Free the period
Juliet Townsend 2019