Renfrewshire Council

Inspiring Women

100 years of inspiring women

2018 marks 100 years since some women were given the right to vote, and last week I was honoured to attend an event to mark the inspiring women in our own community.

The 100 Voices of Inspiring Women event was organised by Active Communities who asked the community to nominate women from Renfrewshire who have inspired them.

I was delighted to see that the hall was full to capacity, giving women the opportunity to come together and celebrate each other. It was an honour to be asked to open the event and speak alongside some incredible women and girls. Pupils from Castlehead High School performed a powerful piece about women's suffrage which really moved the audience. It was a brilliant afternoon.

Provost with May Donoghue statue Recently I was also able to pay tribute to another inspiring woman who changed the worldwide laws on negligence and gave power to consumers.

That women was May Donoghue, a single mum living in poverty in Glasgow's East End in 1928, who successfully sued the ginger beer manufacturer Stevenson's after falling ill when she found a decomposing snail in her bottle of ginger in the Wellmeadow Cafe.

May has been depicted in a bronze sculpture, designed by local artist Mandy McIntosh and situated in Paisley town centre, just yards from the original café.

Across Scotland there are traditionally very few statues of women and I hope that Mandy's work will bring more people to Paisley who can learn about May and be inspired by her story.




Published 28 September 2018