Revealed: All YOUR nominations for the Made in Derby 'Walk of Fame'

December 2, 2017

Revealed: Why Our Campaign Is Necessary!




Happy that so many of the women on our submitted list made it among the 220 nominated names. Thank you so much to all those who nominated someone from the list, and, or  signed our ongoing (...just in case)  petition. BUT it is not enough, not nearly enough, that is, of the 220 names, only 52 were women - less than 25% of names on the list... (this does not include Maureen Alexander who appears as a co-listee, Dr Williams who founded Derby Royal School for The Deaf -  and former director of Derby Playhouse Leslie Twelvetrees as it is not clear without further research if they were men or women....or indeed identifying as non-binary (but the latter could be equally true for many on the list!). We refuse to include Lara Croft in our count of women, afterall 'she' is not a woman, indeed 'she' is not real, she is a fiction....and although it galls us that she is even listed, we are somewhat appeased by the fact that she is listed as an 'invention'! (but shouldn't we be listing the creator).  


We submitted a list names of 24 women, not all of whom were born in Derby, but women that we feel have had an impact nationally and internationally (It would be 25 but we made a statement that we were not listing Florence Nightingale because she was likely to be among the few usual suspects). Our list was by no means definitive nor did it fully reflect all the amazing women, but rather it reflected a cross-section of potential nominees and we directed people to the Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation web link for 100+ Derbyshire Women  so that they could discover the other amazing potential nominees for themselves. 


The aim of our list was to


a) provide alternatives to the usual suspects of men, and very few women


b) raise awareness of the contributions and achievements of some amazing women who were born, lived or worked in the City


c) Challenge the status quo and simply raise the issue so women no longer 'walk invisible' in our City.





Our Initial List of Potential Nominees for Derby Walk of Fame sent to Zena Hawley at Derby Telegraph and Derby City Council Project Lead Andy Smart on November 20th 2017


We imagined that Florence Nightingale would be a popular nominee so we have not included her here.


Marion Elizabeth Adnams 

Norah Aiton 

Mary Winifred Attenborough 

Freda Bedi 

Deborah Bull CBE 

Rowena Cade 
Mrs Cooke Catherine

Eileen Cooper 

Mrs Olive Eden (nee Lax) OBE 

Kathy Ellis 

Jean Emmeline Hanson

Tina Martin 

Lady Madeleine Emma Onslow

Elizabeth Petty

Sheila Rollinson 

Jasvinder Sanghera

Mrs Ellen Scotton

Mary Shuttleworth 

Agnes Elizabeth Slack

Jane Warden

Helen Wathall

Dame Vivienne Westwood 

Alice Wheeldon

Mary Williams aka Mother May -Black Church Pioneer (Total 24)


Other women Nominated by others about whose gender identification or other information remains unresearched


Leslie Twelvetrees* - actor and 1950s director of Derby Playhouse. - unsure if 'male or female'

Dr William Roe - born in Heanor and founder of the Royal School for the Deaf - unsure if 'male or female'

Maureen Alexander and Byron Charlton - Derby ballroom dancers who won four major contests in 1971.Co-listed

Lara Croft - an invention!


Other Women Listed in Derbsyhire 100+ Women and Who appeared on the Derby Walk of Fame Nominee List: (Total 10)



Hilary Mantel - prolific writer and twice Booker Prize winner from Glossop.

Kavita Ovberoi* - businesswoman who founded Oberoi Consulting, one of most entrepreneurial women 2009.

Florence Nightingale* - pioneering nurse, advised on rebuild of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and lived at Lea.

Joan Waste - Derby blind woman who was burned to death for refusing to renounce Protestant faith.

Dame Margaret Beckett* - represented Derby South since 1983 and longest serving female MP.

Dame Ellen MacArthur - Whatstandwell yachtswoman completed fastest circumnavigation of globe in 2005.

Fiona May* - long jumper raised and competed in Derby before taking up Italian nationality.

Olave Baden-Powell - Chesterfield-born woman who formed girl guiding movement

Constance Spry - Derby florist, author and educator who owned a series of salons across the country.

Louise Rayner - watercolour paintings of Derby from Matlock Bath..


Nominated Women who are not identified in Deeds Not Words Project (14)


Gwen Taylor - Derby star of stage and screen. (She will be listed in our women in entertainment list which is planned) 

Patricia Green - Derby actress known for her longest serving soap role in The Archers as Jill Archer (She will be listed in our women in entertainment list which is planned) 

Suzy Kendall - Belper-born film star who married Dudley Moore. (She will be listed in our women in entertainment list which is planned) 

Maria Hanson - founded Me&Dee charity which gives holidays to families with a life-limited member.

Tracey Bricknell - co-founder of Derby Every Cloud charity.