What a wonderful evening of reflection and celebration as we marked the centenary of Women gaining the right to vote. We looked at the past, present and future. From a story of a Suffragette read by Pat Stevens whose Great Aunt Laura Ainsworth was a suffragette, to the view of a present day woman read by our President, Professor Helen Young, and then onto the future role of women through the eyes of 4 young ladies read by Becca Tucker and Tilda Snook.
An outburst from the Walcot State choir in the middle of the reflection made an impact which surprised the congregation replicating the outburst that the suffragettes made during a service held in Bath Abbey.
There were representatives from the Clergy (Rev Roger Driver and Rev Jane Haslam) as well as our own Soroptimist Sisters and other clubs including our regional President Daphne Dowsing who described the role and visions of Soroptimist International . Julie Cooper from Bath Business Women’s Association read a poem and we finished off with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
The evening was supported by the Lord Lieutenant for Somerset, the Mayor of Bath and Chair of the Council as well as many friends and women’s organisations and refreshments were available afterwards.