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Marking International Women’s Day

Lincolnshire is blessed with many remarkable women who have made strides for inclusion and equality in our society. Every woman continues to make an impact today. In fact, this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of England.

We’ve been highlighting women who have been a courageous presence and contributed their skills in a variety of roles across the county in order to reach milestones like this one.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of England.

Be inspired by how we are raising awareness of this important day and learn all about some noteworthy women who left us an enduring legacy.

The Diocese #IWD2024 Event

On Friday 8 March 2024 at Edward King House in Lincoln, a public event was held to share inspirational stories of women and hear from a variety of highlighted speakers including Jane Powell, a solicitor and lecturer with multiple governance roles, Rowena King, the first Canon Missioner at Lincoln Cathedral, and Lynsey Norris, the Assistant Director of Education for the Lincoln Board of Education.

During the day, an outstanding piece of artwork by Molly French was revealed (Instagram @mollyfrencharthistory). It was created as part of Molly’s studies for a BA Art History and History degree at the University of Lincoln.

A reflection by Bishop Nicholas

The Bishop of Grantham reflected on the value of allyship and that, in God’s own image, we are intended to flourish.

Lives that have made an impact in our area

Edith Picton-Turbervill (1872 – 1960)

Edith was an English social reformer, writer and politician. She was a the first women to preach a service at a statutory service in the Church of England, at North Somercotes in Lincolnshire.

She advocated for the entry of women into the full orders of the Church of England. As well as this, she became the first woman to sit on the ecclesiastical committee of parliament.

Edith Smith (1876 – 1923)

Edith was the first female police officer in the United Kingdom with full power of arrest. Her pioneering work paved the way for other women to to join the force. She broke down barriers and challenged societal norms.

As a Constable, she dealt with a lot of cases involving women. She strove to reduce the number of prostitutes in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Learn more about International Women’s Day

There’s plenty more inspiration and resources on the International Women’s Day website at

You can also follow the Diocese of Lincoln Facebook page to get the latest on our diverse events and activities happening throughout the year.

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