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A number of Isle of Wight women are being recognised on a national map of inspirational females.

On International Women’s Day, we’re learning there are two nominations representing the Isle of Wight on Amnesty International UK’s Suffragette Spirit Map.

It’s after hundreds of people from around the UK submitted the names of women who they believe deserve recognition for their efforts on women’s rights.

Yve White

Credit: Amnesty International UK

 

Isle of Wight resident Yve White is an equality officer for Unison, one of the UK’s largest trade unions. In the last year, she founded the Island’s first-ever Pride event.

Yve is also a steadfast LGBTQ ally and feminist who believes that everyone has the right to feel safe in their community.

 

 

Vix Lowthion

Vix is a campaigner for better political representation of women. The Isle of Wight is the only English county yet to elect a female MP and this fuels Vix’ passion to make a change.

She has organised and led public demonstrations standing up for refugee rights, families and against inequality and environmental damage.

 

You can see who else in the UK made the Amnesty International UK’s Suffragette Spirit Map by clicking here.

Also, as part of an exhibition taking place at Quay Arts until 24 March, impressive ‘Hidden Heroes’ are wanted to celebrate their achievements.

Among the Isle of Wight ‘Hidden Heroes’ are:

Isabella de Fortibus – She was the last ever independent Lord of the Isle of Wight, known as ‘The Lady of the Isle’, after inheriting it when she was in her mid-twenties and becoming the richest non-royal heiress in England.

Anne Preston – Nominated by her daughter, Sharon Dearden, the founder of the Island Disabled Action Group – Anne Preston – was never recognised for her work.

Christabella Harriet Millgate (1899-1974) – Christabella took on the role of Mayoress of Newport in 1911 at the age of twelve.

You can read about more inspirational women and men here.