Ipswich suffragette Constance Andrews is to have a bus named after her next month – 100 years after the vote was extended to (some) women.
Constance Andrews, who was born in 1864, was a tireless supporter of women’s right to vote and in 1909 formed the Ipswich branch of the national Suffragette movement, the Women’s Freedom League.
In 1911, she took part in a public protest during the Ipswich Census night in what is now Arlington’s Brasserie in Museum Street. The “If women don’t count, don’t count women” protest saw around 30 women partying through the night and refusing to fill in the Census document.
Constance was later sent to prison for not paying a dog licence in another suffragette protest and her release was met by jubilant crowds.
The bus naming ceremony on Saturday 6th October is the official opening of the Ipswich Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes Festival, and will be followed by a full day of activities including talks, panels, workshops and craftivism organised by the Ipswich Women’s Festival Group and other local women’s groups.
You can find out more at https://womensvoiceswomensvotes.wordpress.com
The Mayor, Councillor Jane Riley, will do the honours with an Ipswich Buses vehicle at 9.30am outside the University of Suffolk’s main Waterfront building. The Press is invited to attend.
The Suffragette bus will be outside the University all day for people to explore and will play host to a special exhibition of 100 Inspirational Suffolk Women.
The Mayor is also chairing a debate on Women in Politics, which includes Ipswich Borough Councillors Shelly Darwin and Liz Harsant, Suffolk County Councillor Caroline Page and local UK Youth Parliament member Meg Day.
The festival is supported by Ipswich Borough Council’s area committees.
Ipswich Buses is very excited to be working alongside Ipswich Women’s Voices, to celebrate (some) women getting the vote 100 years on. Danielle Devonish, Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to name one of our buses after such a powerful and inspirational woman. Our latest bus livery of purple and green is a perfect match to the suffragette colours. The public will be able to see the bus travelling around our town network from Sunday 7th October.”