The Mayor’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign celebrates 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK. Women are behind some of the greatest achievements and discoveries in London, in the past and the present.
We want to shine a spotlight on these women and their achievements, and are asking Londoner to nominate women they feel need to recognised by the campaign. This could be any woman who was either born in London, or worked or campaigned here.
Every week, one of these Hidden Credits is featured on the Mayor’s Instagram and on the Telegraph online.
Thank you for all the nominations we’ve received so far!
On 19 March, the honour went to Jayaben Desai. She was nominated by one of you with this submission via our feedback form.
“Jayaben Desai. The union of women in the Grunwick Film Processing Lab, in the face of sexism, racism and elitist attitudes.”
Read more about Jayaben Desai.
On 23 April, the honour went to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. She was chosen by one of you, thanks for your submission Blyth2608.
"Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) was an English physician and suffragist, and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon. She was the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first dean of a British medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France, the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and, as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain."
Read more about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.
On 9 May, Annie Besant featured as Hidden Credit. She was nominated by four of you, via our comments and feedback form. Thank you Heather Hampson, Londongirleverytime and S.Olech!
"Annie Besant, a woman way ahead of her time who played a pivotal role in the very improtant Match Girls Strike."
Read more about Annie Besant.
On 15 May, Claudia Jones was recognised as Hidden Credit. She was nominated by quite a few of you, via our comments and feedback form. Thank you Janet Marks and Amore R.
"Claudia Jones, who although she wasn't born in London, came to live here and founded the Notting Hill Carnival as a community response to the Notting Hill riots on August Bank Holiday 1958."
Read more about Claudia Jones..
On 20 August, the honour went to Sharon Pursey. We received her nomination via our feedback form.
"Sharon Pursey is the co-founder of the world's first app using artificial intelligence to protect children from sextortion. Sharon co-founded the app, SafeToNet, which protects children online so they can fully benefit from using the internet without fear of exploitation, molestation, or extortion. The app provides expert information and intelligent tools to empower Informed and Collaborative Safeguarding, helping to protect children from harm. Sharon is also CEO of the SafeToNet Foundation, a charitable arm of the company that partners with charities and public-sector bodies to help make the internet a safer place for children and young people. Sharon speaks to the government, schools, welfare groups and charities, raising awareness of the online risks children face and how we can all take measures to safeguard our children."
Read more about Sharon Pursey.
On 1 October, Adelaide Knight was featured as Hidden Credit. She was nominated by one of you, thank you Change The World!
"I would like to nominate Adelaide Knight born in the east of of London 1871-1950, an east end suffragette. In 1906 Adelaide who was secretary of Canning Town Women's Social and Political Union made the difficult choice to go to prision for six weeks rather than be bound over from campaigning for a year. This was despite the fact that as a disabled woman her health was frail. She and two other women had been arrested for seeking a meeting with Mr Asquith the then Chancellor who was opposed to votes for women. In a letter written from prison to her husband Donald, Adelaide wrote " If they want us to obey the law, they must allow us to have a voice in the making of the laws to which our obediance is demanded. " Adelaide was describe by a fellow suffragette Dora Montifiore as "... a delicate little woman with a large family of children, but who never spared herself when it came to real militant work either at meetings, or in the street. She was more than once injured in some of the scuffles with the police, which took place between them and the militant suffragists; she went to prison when the time came for it to be necessary for her to do so and she shrank from nothing that would help forward by word or deed the revolutionary changes for which she stood." Adelaide joined the West Ham Board of Guardians and fought for social justice all of her life. Adelaide was my great grandmother."
Read more about Adelaide Knight.
On 30 October, Sharmadean Reid was chosen as Hidden Credit. One of you submitted her nomination via our feedback form, thank you.
"Sharmadean Reid. Founding Wah nails in London and now creating an app for beauty professionals."
Read more about Sharmadean Reid.