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What the Frock! Comedy and Bristol Women’s Voice Present – 27th of March 

Update: This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday the 27th of March at 8pm. The deadline for refunds if you cannot attend is Thursday 16th of March. Please contact WeGotTickets direct by 16 March if you require a refund. Thank you!

For one night only, Bristol’s award-winning all-female comedy night What The Frock! is back, back, back. This very special, one-off comedy show is a fundraiser for the charity Bristol Women’s Voice and is part of BWV’s series of events throughout 2018 celebrating the centenary of (some) women finally receiving the vote. Our phenomenally popular compere CERYS NELMES is returning as your host for the evening and will introduce a star-studded line-up that includes KATE SMURTHWAITE, ATHENA KUGBLENU, AMY MASON and the incomparable ADA CAMPE. Tickets are available here.

Your Future Your Choice 

A series of events throughout 2018 bringing girls from years 6 and 11 together from six schools at each event. Girls will meet inspirational women role models on identity and empowerment with an emphasis on delivering positive change. Girls discuss what changes they would like to make in school and in their lives and how to do it. The girls will also plan future events.

Votes for Women at MShed –  30th June 2018

10.30 – 4.30

Free – donations welcome

A one-day event at M Shed in May 2018 informing the city about its rich suffrage history

  • Screening of the film ‘Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film’
  • UWE drama students performing the short play How the Vote Was Won, written by Cicely Hamilton in 1913
  • Contemporary panel discussion on what the vote has done for women
  • A women’s suffrage walk by Lucienne Boyce, author of “Bristol Suffragettes”
  • An introduction to women’s suffrage in Bristol by Lucienne Boyce and June Hannam
  • ‘Meet the experts’ stall to discover local women’s history and how to do your own research
  • A ‘Voting Booth’ by Dreadnought Southwest to hear stories about local pioneering women.
  • Activities for children facilitated by the Children’s Scrapstore.

Future Brunels – the week of the 23rd June (International Women In Engineering Day)

The SS Great Britain Trust’s Future Brunels programme, launched in 2011, is committed to giving young people real-world experiences – working closely with school and industry. From exploring the science behind the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park, discovering forensic science at a ‘Crime Scene House’ or learning about the latest animation technology with Aardman, the programme aims to inspire students to consider career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the Trust’s education team and the Society of Women Engineers are developing a hands-on science event particularly aimed at encouraging young women to consider studying STEM subjects and showcase the range of exciting career options available in this field. More details to follow soon.

 An Audience with Sarah Guppy – June 2018

An audience with Sarah Guppy, a new play by Sheila Hannon in partnership with Show of Strength about an unsung inventor and designer. Kim Hicks plays the remarkable woman who mat have taught IK Brunel more than a thing or two about suspension bridges. Sarah Guppy was responsible for bringing Brunel to Bristol in the first place.

UpFest: Women & Walls – 28th – 30th July 2018

Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 350+ artists painting 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol from 28th-30th July. Talented artists travel from 40+ countries and across the UK to paint live on 40,000 sq ft of surfaces in front of 50,000 visitors.  The festival had a media reach in 2017 of 498 million! Upfest plans to commission four female Street Artists to mark the centenary with work exploring and celebrating the Suffrage Movement. This will include an international female artist and two British Artists. One piece will celebrate the history of suffrage, a second will look at present day women’s lives, and the third will look to the future for women’s rights. In 2008 Upfest had only 5% female artists by 2017 this has increased to 25%, their goal for 2018 is to push this past 30%.

Conversations with Suffragettes – 10th -16th October (Local Democracy Week)

Actors and volunteers dressed as Bristol suffragettes will be out and about  in the city at places such as supermarkets, bus stops, buses,schools and community centres. The Suffragettes will engage people in conversation about the importance of women gaining the vote and why it is important for modern day women to use their vote and how this can raise women’s policies up the political agenda.

Women’s Landmarks: A Site Specific & Digital Game. A collection of digital site specific games, designed and built by young women in Bristol.

The games tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement through interaction with place and history. The games will be designed to fit with a specific location/story. To play participants will scan the QR code on a floor decal which gives access to that location’s games. The decal will have a short overview of the historic event so it also acts as a temporary plaque about suffrage history in Bristol. The project will be led by Dr Constance Fleuriot (Women In Games Ambassador) and founder of Bristol Women’s Tech Hub, partnering with Girrrl Games. The games will be developed and built by young women aged 13-18, with two day workshops being run at three different locations across Bristol. The programme takes participants through game development, from concept to design and delivery. The workshops will include talks from inspirational women in the tech industry, and a site visit to the location their game is based on with Madge Dresser – a leading women’s suffrage historian. The games will go into a competition with the public voting for an  audience award and also a professional award selected by a panel of industry experts. The winning game design team will be given ongoing mentorship following the programme.

Bristol Radical History Group – October 29th

BRHG are screening MAKE MORE NOISE! Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema at The Cube Cinema on May 7th. This film highlights the passion and media savvy of the suffragette’s struggle, offering a fascinating portrait of British women during this time. “You have to make more noise than anybody else” Emmeline Pankhurst

£4 waged/£3 unwaged

Bristol Ensemble At St Georges Bristol Notes For Women – Throughout 2018

Organised by St Georges Bristol, this will be a year long celebration of music by women composers through the ages: bringing to light neglected names from the past and new voices for our time.  The events will inspire and engage audiences of all ages with adventurous and wide ranging concerts, sharing individuals’ stories in the context of women’s suffrage. New music commissions will be created to swell the repertoire & create legacy. An outreach programme & workshops will inspire the next generation of composers & performers. More information can be found about the events here.

Women with Vision at Royal West of England Academy (RWA) – 16 Dec 17 – 11 Mar 18

In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country’s artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works. Women with Vision includes works by Cornelia Parker, Sandra Blow, Sonia Lawson, Elisabeth Frink, Anne Redpath and many others.

As well as coinciding with Vote100 celebrations, the exhibitions also commemorate 160 years since the RWA first opened its doors and 250 years since London’s Royal Academy was founded. Featuring members of both Academies, Women with Vision celebrates the pivotal roles the artists have played in the histories of both institutions.

A programme of talks, lectures and tours also accompany the exhibition. Find out more and book your tickets via the RWA websitehttps://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/women-vision

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Organised by Women’s Literature Festival, the programme will include:
● Spoken word launch party ● Women writing today: a celebration of contemporary writers ● 1918 – 2018: Feminism 100 years after suffrage ● Writing YA: organised in partnership with Cotham School and Rife ● Why we love talking about books: The Read Women project discusses our relationship with reading ● Schools workshops: Workshops will introduce 6th form students at Backwell, Cotham and Bristol Cathedral to work by women modernist writers. This ties in with the themes of novel The Red Deeps. ● Children’s workshop

Women of The Year Awards 

The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Women of the year Awards are all about celebrating inspiring female role models across our two cities. With new research showing that UK is missing out on a £10.1 billion economic boost by not doing enough to support women in business, these role models are more important than ever. The winners and finalists of this year’s awards set a glowing example to the next generation. They are the pioneers working to narrow the gender gap in business; inspiring young women with the confidence to go out and make their mark.

Bristol Cathedral Events

Bristol Women at War 15th January – March

Bristol Women at War examines the types of war work performed by women during WW1 and charts the shift in the workplace as women took on jobs traditionally performed by men. The exhibition will

examine the growth in voluntary work across the City that saw women taking leading and influential roles in organisations like the Bristol Inquiry Bureau and the Red Cross Society, and tell the stories of often unsung ‘sheroes’ including the women who tried to keep families running whilst husbands, sons and brothers were away. The exhibition is presented as part of the Cathedral’s ongoing First World War remembrance.

No Man’s Land 6 April – 1 July

No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Commemorating the First World War Centenary, No Man’s Land features photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later.

Rife Film 

Rife Magazine premiered their short film In Our Hands at IWD on the 3rd of March. The film was produced in partnership with Watershed, Bristol Youth Links and Bristol Women’s Voice. Featuring a poem by Malaika Kegode, the film reflects the diverse experiences of young people and what women are still fighting for.

Watch In Our Hands online now.

Our second key priority is our wo-manifesto is Health and Social Care. 

What do we mean by this?

We want to improve the health and wellbeing of Bristol women of all ages through action and influence underpinned by research. We want to raise the profile of women’s health and the importance of taking a gendered approach in all aspects of health promotion and service planning and delivery to secure equal opportunities for women to enjoy good health.  

What are the key issues in Health?

We have produced a handy infographic to highlight some of the key issues for women.


So what needs to change?

We have identified some calls to action that we believe will bring about change to Bristol women’s health and wellbeing.

Who? Call to Action
Department of Health, Public Health England, General Medical Council, Health Education England, Dept for Education, NHS England, Health Education England, UK Clinical Research Collaboration, Health and Social Care Information Centre,, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, Royal College of Obstetricians


To implement in full the recommendations of Prof Dame Sally Davies in the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2014 ‘The Health of the 51%: Women’
Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, Bristol City Council, University Hospitals Bristol, North Bristol Trust, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership, Public Health, GP practices To develop a Women’s Health Strategy for Bristol in response to the Annual Report (2014)of the Chief Medical Officer Prof Dame Sally Davies, ‘The Health of the 51%: Women’  and all evidence based research into women’s health in partnership with women’s organisations, health organisations  and women across the city.
Bristol CCG , Bristol Public Health and Health and Wellbeing Board To ensure a consistent approach to gender analysis within the Joint Strategic Needs Analysis and Health and Wellbeing Strategy to highlight health gaps for women where special action is required or where there are specific health needs of women. Social and economic factors must be included in such an analysis.
Bristol Public Health, CCG To ensure gender disaggregated data is collected, utilised and published
Bristol Public Health To produce a Compendium of Women’s Health and Wellbeing in Bristol and update annually
Bristol Public Health and partners To commission high quality accessible information on Women’s Health Services in Bristol
Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group



To ensure GP training is  offered and undertaken  in tackling  the under diagnosis of women with conditions such as Coronary heart disease, brain tumours and autism and other areas of gender disparity
Health and Wellbeing Board

Safer Bristol Partnership

To acknowledge different causes of alcohol misuse by women and men and to develop strategies to tackle this. To fund separate women-only services for women who misuse alcohol, including different kinds of therapy which respond to women’s needs, exploring reasons and building self esteem. These services should be separate from drug abuse services


Minister of State for Care and Support, parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Public Health To work with women’s voluntary organisations to improve  mental health provision for women and girls and ensure the effective implementation of the government’s mental health strategy
Health and Wellbeing Board


To work with women’s voluntary organisations in planning and mapping women’s mental health services as part of their asset mapping process
Primary care service providers, Clinical Commissioning Group To implement in full the recommendations  in Women’s Voices on Health by WHEC and Maternity Action 2014
Local Authorities, Care Commissioners To ensure the dignity of older women receiving intimate care, and girls in care settings is respected by all providers
Local Authorities, Care Commissioners, social care providers To provide support and training for women who are ‘vulnerable adults’ need more support and training in keeping themselves safe from abuse and neglect
Local Authorities, Care Commissioners, social care providers To improve terms and conditions are improved for women working in the social care sector, as most are low paid with irregular work patterns and minimal training opportunities

What do you think are the key issues for women in regards to Health and Social Care?

What would you like to see included?

Tweet us @BWV2 using #BristolWomensVote

Our first key priority is our wo-manifesto is Power. 

What do we mean by this?

We want to bring about change in public, private and political institutions in the city to ensure gender balanced leadership and to ensure that the city’s key organisations hear, understand and respond to the needs of all women.

What are the key issues in Power?

We have produced a handy infographic to highlight some of the key issues for women.


So what needs to change?

We have identified some calls to action that we believe will bring about change to ensure gender-balanced leadership.

Who? Call to Action
UK government, Bristol City Council, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership To implement United Nations Development Goal 5.5 to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
UK political parties, local political parties To put forward a minimum of 50% women candidates in council elections especially in winnable seats
All major companies in Bristol To ensure a minimum of 50% board members are women
Public agencies in Bristol


To allocate points in procurement processes to those companies with 50% or more women on boards of companies tendering for contracts
Bristol City Council To ensure a culture whereby female councillors are able to fulfil their obligations and their full potential
All employers in Bristol To develop strategies to promote and retain women at senior level

What do you think are the key issues for women in regards to Power?

What would you like to see included?

Tweet us @BWV2 using #BristolWomensVote