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Essex to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

12 February 2019

International Women’s Day will be celebrated by Essex County Council’s Snapping the Stiletto Project with a free festival celebrating the lives of inspirational Essex Women from the past 100 years.

‘Snapping the Stiletto’ is a county-wide project, which has been launched by Essex County Council’s Cultural Development department.

The project aims to reveal the currently hidden and overlooked stories of women who have lived in the county and investigate how women’s rights, roles and opportunities have changed since the first women gained the vote in 1918.

It also aims to dispel the negative stereotype of ‘Essex Girls’ by highlighting the lives and achievements of Strong Essex Women. 

The festival is on Saturday 9th March at the University of Essex Business School, at the Colchester campus.

It is being delivered in partnership with the Body, Self and Family project at the University and includes talks, film screenings, and craft activities.

Contributors include Professor Pamela Cox (presenter of the BBC documentary series “Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind The Counter”), Southend Museums, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, Signals Media Arts Centre and Girl Guiding North East Essex.

Tickets for the Snapping the Stiletto: Essex Women’s History Festival can be booked via the project website.

Sanitary items such as sealed packets of tampons and towels will also be collected at the festival on behalf of The Red Box Project, who distribute them through schools to young women who need support during their periods.

The festival is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, the University of Essex, the Wellcome Trust and SHARE Museums East.

Essex County Council Cultural and Community Engagement Department has received a grant for £95,445 from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to deliver the Snapping the Stiletto project in partnership with museums across the county.

For more information about the ‘Snapping the Stiletto’ project, please contact or visit the, follow @snapthestiletto on Twitter or like on Facebook.

The University of Essex’s “Body, Self, Family” project is funded by the Wellcome Collection and more information can be found on their website.