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To celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March), Sunderland Culture has revisited their popular Rebel Women of Sunderland project and added a further four pioneering women from Sunderland.

Rebel Women of Sunderland was inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls which has shone a light on the achievements of women around the world and features Dr Marion Philips, the first female MP in Sunderland; Margaret Dryburgh, teacher and missionary; Ida and Lousie Cook, activists who smuggled Jews out of Nazi Germany; Elizabeth Donnison, founder of the Donnison School; Hope Winch, first head of the University’s pharmacy department; Kenickie (Lauren Laverne, Marie Nixon and Emma Jackson), one of the most famous female-led bands to come from Sunderland; Steph Houghton and Jill Scott, England footballers; Abbie Robinson, Team GB paraclimber; Kate Adie, journalist and broadcaster and Emeli Sande, musician and University of Sunderland Chancellor.

The four new additions include shipbuilder Florence Collard, Sunderland’s first Councillor, Ellen Bell, musicians Nadine Shah and marathon runner Aly Dixon. The new stories and artworks will go on display alongside the original ten from 7th March at Pop Recs Ltd, where they’ll be accompanied by a day of International Women’s Day themed arts activism activities from 11am – 4pm.

For more information about the project and events, click here.

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