Trailblazing Women: event marks 100 years of female achievement

February 23 2018

Business people from all over the South West converged on Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol to celebrate Trailblazing Women at the start of February.

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Business people from all over the South West converged on Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol to celebrate Trailblazing Women at the start of February.

 The brainchild of networking guru Philippa Constable, Trailblazing Women showcased the past 100 years of achievement, vision, and inspiration since women won the right to vote. 

 “We are a local networking firm based in Bristol and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary,” said Philippa.

Philippa runs two organisations - Women Mean Biz and We Mean Biz, which is for both men and women as she explained: “I was really frustrated with networking when I was doing it 10 years ago and I felt there wasn’t the right kind of support. It was male dominated, often at times of day that didn’t suit women, and I just started wishing about what I would want from a networking group. I set up in Weston initially and 40 people came to the first meeting. Since then networking groups have been set up in Whiteladies Road, Ashton Gate, South Gloucestershire and the Bristol Central group meet at The Riverstation.

“I think that today it is really important to honour where women have really come in the last 100 years. I think there’s something to celebrate and time to reflect on where we go from here in the world and the struggles we still face. 

“I’m hoping that the audience will come away feeling inspired, empowered, motivated and with a belief that if they can do it, so can I.”

In the mid-19th century, women who wanted to watch proceedings in the House of Commons had to climb into a ventilation shaft in the ceiling and peer through the bars. The momentous events of 1918 changed that.  

A group of pioneers – driven by passion, vision and an unwavering commitment to equal rights – transformed the future of women in the UK. They sparked a wave of progress that continues today.

 Among the speakers were historian Lucienne Boyce, CEO of Penny Brohn Laura Kerby, UWE’s Myra Conway, and Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

 “I’m excited to have this opportunity to celebrate what has happened over the past 100 years, to be able to look to the future, and to inspire a new generation of leaders,” said Jaya Chakrabarti.