Join Show of Strength Theatre Company as they retell the extraordinary story of Sarah Guppy! Engineer, inventor, campaigner, designer, reformer, writer, environmentalist and business woman – Sarah Guppy was the first woman to patent a bridge and the first to formally design one. Born in Birmingham in 1770, Sarah Guppy moved to Bristol to marry merchant Samuel Guppy just as the Industrial Revolution revved its engine. A serial inventor, her patents include a breakfast machine and even an exercise bed. Married with 6 children, she married her second husband aged 66 – while he was just 31. She also mentored young IK Brunel with his – winning – entry for that Clifton Bridge Competition.
'I would like to see more women in Bristol at the top. More women chief executives, more women trustees, more women feeling confident and feeling they can be who they want to be and sit at that table and make a difference.'
What do you want to see change for women in Bristol? 'To do more of what they want to do. To ignore barriers - personal and professional. Bristol has a great community spirit but there is no harm in making it even better. We all need to look out for each other.' Read our interview with Becky Prior who received a Wonderful Women Award for her work empowering people of all ages through art.
Read our interview with Wonderful Woman Crysse Morrison, a champion of the southwest arts scene.
'Housing is a feminist issue. We need more decent, affordable and dignified housing for working class women.' Read our interview with Anny Cullum who received a Wonderful Women Award for fighting for tenants rights.