Honiton Role Model for Women

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I spent a lovely morning with the Honiton Senior Voice (formerly Senior Council) hearing all about a truly amazing woman – our former Mayor Juanita Maxwell Phillips OBE. I got a photo taken with Dr Julia Neville (in purple) who wrote the book Viva Juanita which was launched today. I’m really looking forward to reading it myself – when I can find a little spare time!

This incredible woman – Juanita Phillips was a suffragette, Mayor of Honiton ELEVEN times, tireless campaigner for women, the poor and disadvantaged AND an actor and theatre producer. She was the FIRST female county councillor in Devon and to be honest…..just the sort of woman I would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with !!

Who would have thought such an inspirational woman lived here in my town and everyone should really know more about her. There was a suggestion that we should name one of the rooms after her in the Beehive Community Centre (being built next year) and I think we should have an exhibition about her on in town during the week of International Women’s Day next year (4th-8th March 2013). What do you think, are these good ideas – please add a comment.

If you are interested in reading Viva Juanita – ask your local library to get a copy or you can purchase it from the Honiton Tourist Information Centre. More details on the Devon History Society website

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