REMARKABLE WOMEN

- PIONEERS AND BENEFACTORS -

REMARKABLE WOMEN

PIONEERS AND BENEFACTORS

Women have played a vital role in Jersey life. But it wasn’t until 1919 that they were given the right to vote. And it took even longer for them to become eligible for political office. But the campaigning women who forced those changes never gave up.

 

On hundred years after women in Jersey got the Vote, we remember the activists who helped make it happen. Though their campaign was not as militant as that of the Suffragettes in the UK, there’s no doubt that campaigning by Caroline Trachy and the Women’s Jersey Political Union, changed hearts and minds ahead of a crucial States of Jersey debate in 1919….

She was the Jersey girl who married Jesse Boot, of Boots the Chemist. Florence Rowe would become Lady Trent and, after she and Jesse settled in Jersey in the 1920s, one of the Island’s best-known benefactors…

The French Surrealists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore lived in St Brelade’s Bay throughout the German Occupation of Jersey 1940-1945. Already famous for their avant garde photographs, we now know that they also undertook acts of resistance towards the end of the War. It’s part of a story that has attracted fans all over the world, including rock-star David Bowie…

Iris Le Feuvre was Deputy of St Lawrence from 1978 to 1981 but it was her election to the post of Connétable that made the news; she was the first woman to hold this office. She retired from the States of Jersey in 1999 but continued her lifelong involvement in the community; she had been instrumental in founding the Communicare Centre in St Brelade and went on to head a co-ordinating committee for the eradication of poverty. Iris Le Feuvre was made an MBE in 2002…

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