Charity holds postcard challenge to celebrate women’s right to vote

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Dame Vera Lynn is one of more than 130 women from across the UK and overseas to contribute to a free exhibition to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote.

The postcard challenge is being run by The WayfinderWoman Trust.

WayfinderWoman, a charity that supports women in the workplace, set the challenge and asked women to decorate a postcard depicting 100 years of female achievement and what it meant to them.

They received postcards from female politicians from across the UK and even Australia. They also has designs from well-known individuals such as Dame Vera Lynn and artist Alison Lapper MBE. Academics, mums with young children and local entrepreneurs also got involved.

The postcards will now be displayed at a public two-week exhibition is Eastbourne which is opening this weekend.

Laura Murphy, chair of WayfinderWoman, said the postcard challenge had been a great success.

She said, “We’ve been amazed at the variety of work from more than 130 people from around the world.

“It’s been a wonderful community activity that I hope will inspire and motivate everyone who comes to see the exhibition.

“We’re having a public vote on which postcard is most popular and everyone will get the chance to keep their own piece of history later via our silent auction.”

The exhibition is being opened by Eastbourne’s mayor, Cllr Gill Mattock, who has contributed her own postcard.

Cllr Mattock is using her year as Mayor of Eastbourne to concentrate on women as their achievements, naming it the Year of the Woman. WayfinderWoman is one of Cllr Mattock’s charities of the year.

The opening event will be held in the presence of Deputy Lieutenant, Amanda Hamblin, and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd on Friday (September 7).

The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday (September 8) to September 22 (excluding Sundays) at The Labyrinth in Mark Lane.

To see all the postcards and to find out more about the postcard challenge, the charity and the silent auction visit the WayfinderWoman website at www.wayfinderwoman.com

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