Only 111 of the 903 Blue Plaques that honour Londoners belong to women. This, despite thousands of truly remarkable women making significant and lasting impacts on every aspect of modern life...
From politics and social reform to arts, medicine, science, technology and sport, this book celebrates those women whose achievements have largely went unnoticed and explains how their actions, ideas and inventions helped make the world a richer place to live in.
Some of these women went about their lives and worked quietly with courage, conviction, skill and compassion, while others were fearless trailblazers who shattered the status quo of a 'man's world'.
This book is long overdue. There are not enough plaques anywhere in the UK that represent the lives of the hundreds of thousands of hard-working women who have given their lives in the service of others. I have been researching women composers and have added another name to this cause: Avril Coleridge-Taylor, who now has a blue plaque in Seaford, East Sussex, her last resting place. I applaud Allison Vale for her efforts in publishing the names of all the blue plaque to women in London. I urge others to do the same for the rest of the country.