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.

We are looking for local groups and communities to work with and develop collaborative projects that provide people with space to have their say. For this we need you!

Seeking nominations of inspirational Essex women

We’re looking for Essex women to be the face of our project.

Do you know a woman that inspires you? Do you know a woman that represents what you think an Essex woman is? Do you know a woman you are proud of and want to shout about? We want you to nominate a woman of Essex and tell us why they are important to you.

We will be celebrating everyone who gets nominated and a panel of our community partners will choose 5 of these women to have their portraits commissioned by an illustrator. These women will become the face of Snapping the Stiletto: Campaigning for Equality.

How to nominate

Download the nomination form here as a pdf or here as a word document.

Please fill out the nomination form and email it to: sts@essex.gov.uk

Please read our terms and conditions here.

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:

  • An article published on the BBC website.
  • 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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This project is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.