Our Women

The Forgotten Women of Wakefield project is working to uncover the lives of women from many different backgrounds. To start with, we decided to look at notable names from our past who could provide ways in for our researchers. Here are just a few of our “core” women from whom we are building a better insight into the lives of past women from Wakefield.

Florence Beaumont

Louisa Fennell

Ann Hurst

Mary Frances Heaton

Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell

Margaret and Ellen Gissing

Edith Grace Mackie

Gertrude McCroben

Phyllis Lett

Clara Clarkson

Dame Elsie Marjorie Williamson

Edna Coates

Eva Lett

The Staynes Sisters

Elizabeth Dawson and Sarah Parker Remond

Ann Clarkson

Eliza Eve Gleadall

The Edmonstone Women

Other Women we Have Recognised/Researched

The above women fall directly under the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project, but we have also helped to have recognised a number of other women from our region.

At the beginning of our project, we were thrilled to blue plaque Alice Bacon, the first female MP from the Wakefield/Leeds area.

Our researchers have also tirelessly reconstructed the great mystery surrounding another famous woman from our region, Pontefract’s Elizabeth Moxon whose cookery book is a foundation for modern cookery writing.

We are also pleased to have researched Fanny Stott, whom the Wakefield Civic Society honoured with a blue plaque in the summer of 2022.

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