Preston feminist celebrates Women’s History Month after 50 year fight for equality

A Preston feminist has spoken about her experience of fighting for women’s rights since the seventies to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Retired History researcher Angie Mills has been a feminist since the age of 16 and has been fighting for equality for nearly 50 years.

She has opened up about her life experience of being a feminist and the inequality she experienced as a young woman in society.

Ms Mills said: ”It was very important to fight for this inequality because sexual harassment didn’t exist and the word sexism didn’t exist.

“When you tried to fight it was a struggle because you had to prove to people that you were equal to them.”

Ms Mills has spent years researching the history of Winckley Square, where several blue plaques have been installed to celebrate the lives of notable women in Preston.

The is goal is to promote the importance of women.

International Women’s Day took place on the March 8 and to celebrate this, a new plaque was unveiled in the square on Starkie Street to celebrate the life of Beatrice Todd.

Beatrice was a key mover in establishing the sailors and soldiers buffet on Preston railway station.

Other plaques placed around the square include women such as Edith Rigby and Avice Pimblett who both had great importance in improving feminism in Preston.  

Ms Mills also talked about the importance of celebrating women during Women’s Month and International Women’s Day.

She said: “It’s an important day for me. It’s a celebration of women’s achievements and also about equality and the future for women.”

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women in history, culture and society.

It is an annual declared month that focuses on the contributions of women to events in history and their importance in society.