The pioneering Bradford Lasses campaign aims to acknowledge and promote the important role of women in the city’s history. Its goal is to acknowledge and promote the vital function of girls within the metropolis’s historical past.
The first step will be to name a new street after a local suffragette. The development on the corner of Green Lane and Lumb Lane will be named Lillian Armitage Shut. Ms. Armitage, who was born in 1885, campaigned for women’s right to vote and was briefly imprisoned. She was part of a group who attempted to enter the House of Commons and was imprisoned for 14 days as a result.
It is not the first time street names have been highlighted as symbols of historical sexism. In 2012 research by Maria Pira Ercolini, a geography teacher in Rome, found 7,575 (45.7%) of the city’s streets were named after men and just 580 (3.5%) were named after women.
Other names in Bradford’s directory of historic women include Julia Varley OBE, Florence White and Margaret Wintringham