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 … 
glorious photographs all copyright of rachel adams

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...

abby, margaret

I spent my first 18 years in Rotherham. Love and work brought me to Southampton. 22 years later, I still love living by the water – I feel like I live on holiday. Love affair ended before I met my husband, James. With the arrival of 3 children, my career turned sour....

anna, helen, sue

I moved to Southampton in 2006 for a new job working for an engineering company. In te last 10 years I’ve joined a couple of outdoor clubs and love going to the New Forest on my bike and for walks. I am involved with Solent Mind helping those with early onset...

rebecca, róisín, lynda

I came to Southampton 2 years ago to work as a midwife. During my time here I have had the opportunity of meeting lots of strong women as they journey through pregnancy. Happy times, sad times, it has been a privilege. Thank you women of Southampton for allowing me to...