Snapping the Stiletto

How the women of Essex have shaped the county.

Snapping the Stiletto: Campaigning for Equality is a National Lottery Heritage Funded project which aims to seek equality and challenge stereotypes by sharing and celebrating the stories of Essex women.

The project’s purpose is to find and tell the stories of women of all ethnicities and backgrounds including, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ individuals, working women and women with special educational needs and disabilities.

We are seeking re-examine the Essex Girl identity and represent what it is to be a woman living in Essex today.

The project will collect the histories of underrepresented communities in the county and the objects that tell these stories. By collecting stories and encouraging local communities to donate relevant items, the project hopes to preserve women’s experiences and celebrate women in Essex.

Snapping the Stiletto: Campaigning for Equality is partnering with Southend Museums Service, Saffron Walden Museum, Maldon Museum in the Park, Museum of Power to showcase these accounts and objects in co-curated exhibitions and events.

Meet the inspirational project ambassadors - nominated by you

The 6 ambassadors
Top row: Lisa Selby, Simone Xue, Adonai Chinyama. Bottom row: Nina Tame, Hephzi Tagoe, Pepi Sanchez.

From over 100 nominations, six inspirational women were chosen as project ambassadors - to be the faces and voices of Snapping the Stiletto.

Lets meet them:

Lisa Selby: She is an artist, activist, and lecturer. She has created an online community for people living with addiction and those who have experienced the prison system.

Simone Xue: She has spent the last 15 years creating creative opportunities to celebrate the Chinese and South East Asian communities across Essex.

Adonai Chinyama: She is a talented coder dedicated to sharing her learning and getting young women involved in STEM.

Nina Tame: She is an activist who shares her experiences as a disabled woman, and engages with issues including ableism and accessibility.

Hephzi Tagoe: She is a Science communicator and uses her specialist skills and knowledge to make science and careers in STEM accessible to underrepresented audiences in Essex.

Pepi Sanchez: She runs a charity cafe, provides opportunities for young people with additional needs and disabilities, and supports other at risk groups in Essex.

The portraits of the project ambassadors were created by illustrator Marcie Mintrose.

Find out more about all of the ambassadors here.

Get involved

Are you part of a group of women who would like to get involved in the project? We are also looking for communities across the county to get involved in our project in a variety of ways, get in touch to find out more.

Find out all the ways you can get involved in different ways here.

To keep up to date with the project take a look at our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Visit the Snapping the Stiletto website here.

We're in the news

Snapping the Stiletto: Campaigning for equality has received national news coverage including:

  • Snapping the Stiletto was mentioned in an article on the Daily Mail.
  • The news regarding ‘Essex Girls’ was discussed on Maajid Nawaz’s LBC talk show which then featured it on its website news section which mentioned Snapping the Stiletto and the call out for nominations for inspirational Essex women.
  • Snapping the Stiletto was mentioned in a Sky News article.
  • Snapping the Stiletto was mentioned in The Independent newspaper.

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Check out this video from Visit Essex featuring Extraordinary People from our county to challenge the stereotypes. Find out more about their campaign and their female ambassadors #ThisisEssex.

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This project is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.