her stories

those who came to the 700 women day were invited to write their own stories – they will be posted here weekly from july 18th onwards, coinciding with the building works at god’s house tower … 
click on the names to go through to photos and full texts
glorious photographs all copyright of rachel adams

alison, lynda, sarah

Where I am at the moment? I’ve got to 55 and I am finally in my dream job – offering psychological support to people with cancer. Retirement is now not an option. I’m also loving being the mother of a 12 year old. Life is pretty good. I am born and bred here and my...

ann, lynne

This is my MUM, the baby in the photograph is my daughter, Megan. My mum was born on the 17th may 1929. She was an actor, speech and drama teacher, Mum, Granny and aunt. Growing up, I was often frustrated by the fact we could go nowhere without meeting and chatting to...

dulcie, tina, wendy

I am a new gardener trying to transform an overgrown wreck into a wildlife friendly oasis in the city. only daughter of Laura and Peter. 1 brother, 3 sons including twins. Survived 3 surgeries in 1 day. Almost died. My life is at the debt of over 50 blood donors. I...

ellie, donna, freya

For me, womanhood has always been something I have neglected as I have never felt comfortable with the expectations. From my early years, I took interests that were apparently meant for boys. Today I am a writer and an activist, driven both by my understanding of the...

cat, clare, gail

Struggled with what ‘femininity’ is and what makes a woman so, as a teen. Is now comfortable in her own skin as a strong woman who’s built her own identity. I am one of identical twins, originally from Richmond in Surrey. I have been living in Southampton for the past...

megan, elaine, lorna

Lady Farmer. I enjoy what I do. I used to dream of being a farmer’s wife until I got bored of that and decided to just be a farmer myself. I don’t need no farmer! I am a woman, sister, mother, aunt, friend, runner, psychotherapist, dreamer, lover, ex social worker,...

petrina, alice, charlotte

I am mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Celebrating womanhood is wonderful, thank you. My story? I’m a Belgian student who’s lived in the UK for 5 years. I like to travel and read. I hope I can be inspired by women in history My life started in Munich (Germany),...

libby, alice, nazneen

live in soton – do art stuff – lots of friends – watch lots of Hollywood movies – hang out with cats to chill out – cut my own hair – lick doritos – grew up with mum and 2 brothers – lived in Bournemouth for 15 years – like soton more. Inquisitive or argumentative –...

chantelle, rosina, emmeline, jean

Born in 1990 Day before Valentine’s Day My mother and grandparents raised me My mother was adopted in Southampton. My father from a small town in St Lucia The first of the family to go to university, I studied fine art and moved away with my second long term partner....

rachel, iris

I see myself as a woman who is lucky enough to be born in this time and place in history. I believe that women have better access to opportunities, and are also creating opportunities for themselves. Thank you for doing this. I grew up in Germany as the oldest of 4...