HomeNEWSGENERALGladys Stringer: A Coventry Mayoress and Suffragette Hero February 13, 2018 GENERAL Amongst the one hundred year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote within the UK, we have decided to take a closer look at an extremely influential female that was heavily involved within the suffragette movement. Recent discoveries from the Free Library have shown that Coventry was home to a crucial suffragette figure. Gladys Stringer is not only an iconic woman that played a pivotal role in the suffragette movement in the early 20th century, but she was also a crucial part of Coventry history. Stringer will always play a part in Coventry history, not just for her work revolving around bringing equal opportunities to women within the UK. Former Mayoress of Coventry, Gladys Stringer campaigned with suffragettes to help achieve the right to vote for some women in 1918.#Suffragette100 — Elaine Yates (@eleyates) February 6, 2018 Coventry-born Alderman Sidney Stringer went on to become the mayor of Coventry in 1938 while married to suffragette Gladys Stringer. Gladys went on to fulfill the role as the Mayoress as Coventry despite her earlier involvement in the suffragette movement. Stringer’s work certainly shaped UK society for the better and is now viewed by a majority as essential progressive protest. However, at the time many bodies and organizations operating within the establishment, monarchy and government in the UK would have frowned upon her behavior and views on equality and equal rights. It is therefore remarkable that Stinger not only managed to mobilize and progress society with her work, but she also integrated herself within higher roles within UK government by becoming the Mayoress of Coventry. Within her work with the suffragette movement, Stringer was a notable figure for her protests across the West Midlands. She met and worked alongside Emmeline Pankhurst – one the most iconic and infamous suffragettes of the UK equality movement in the 20th century. @waspicov Coventry suffragettes wife of Alderman Sidney Stringer. Gladys Stringer also Enid Stacy, Miss Dawson, Miss Oliver,Mrs Collington & Mrs Wanley+ others, meetings held at the pump rooms in pool meadow Emily Pankhurst addressed them on 27th Jan 1912 pic.twitter.com/Wfe4g8gfJY — Teresa Bowers (@Waspitmb) February 6, 2018 Stringer’s work towards gaining the vote and equal rights for women should always be recognised and commended. Further, her ability to resist norms and values expressed by the establishment, but to also then become a notable member of Coventry government shows that an individual’s principles need never be abandoned. Every Coventry resident should be proud to be tracing the footsteps of Gladys Stringer for her brave and progressive work. Billy Hodder Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.