On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we are pleased to share this artwork from a wall in one of our properties housing vulnerable women.
These inspirational figures come from all walks of life with varied and diverse backgrounds and experiences. They consist of campaigners on the global stage, members of our community, key figures from the support landscape of the sector as well as our own residents and members of staff.
The women who live in this property can look at this wall and see themselves looking back, and know that they can do anything.🧡
- Michelle Obama
First African American First Lady of the United States. She has two degrees from Princeton and Harvard, practiced as a lawyer and advocates for women and health.
- J K Rowling
Experienced poverty while writing hugely popular fiction series: Harry Potter. Went on to become the first billionaire author. Founded children’s charity ‘Lumos’.
- Megan Kennally
Harbour Housing member of staff. Megan is a tenancy sustainment officer on our EVA project which supports women escaping violence and abuse.
- Frida Kahlo
Turned to art after a traffic accident resulted in lifelong medical condition. Regarded as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her art explored Mexican culture.
- Emma Gonzales
Young American activist campaigning against gun violence.
- Jameela Jamil
Actor and radio presenter who is very vocal in the body positivity campaign. Has spoken about her own struggles with mental health.
- Rosa Parks
Civil rights campaigner who did not give up her bus seat as required by racist laws of the time. Named ‘mother of the freedom movement’.
- Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani activist for female education rights who is the youngest winner of the Nobel prize. She famously stood up to the Taliban to campaign for girls’ education.
- Maya Angelou
Assaulted at a young age she became a critically acclaimed writer and civil rights activist whose autobiography is studied in schools.
- Greta Thunberg
Award-winning teen activist who became the face of the climate change protest movement. Diagnosed with Asperger’s which she calls her ‘superpower’.
- Adele Igoe
Harbour Housing member of staff. Lead tenancy sustainment officer on our EVA project.
- Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand. The world’s youngest female head of government. Gave birth while in office.
- Jan Varney
Extensive career in nursing, particularly in infection prevention and control. Jan is a trustee of Harbour Housing, and also volunteers with the podiatrist to offer foot care to residents.
- Princess Diana
Member of the British Royal Family. Huge activist for AIDs sufferers and many other causes. Rejected accepted way of doing things.
Hugely successful multi-award winning female artist who campaigns on feminism and civil rights.
- Emma Watson
Actor, model and activist. She campaigns passionately for women’s rights, launching the HeForShe campaigner and appointed UN Women Goodwill ambassador.
- Anne Frank
Writer and inspirational figure. A Jewish girl who wrote about her experiences under Nazi rule in World War II.
- Serena Williams
Multi award-winning American tennis player who has revolutionised women’s tennis.
- Lady Hale
President of the Supreme Court in the UK. The only woman to have ever been appointed as a Law Lord.
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson
An English athlete specialising in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, breaking the British record.
- Alison Hernandez
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.
- Audrey Hepburn
A British actor and humanitarian. Supported resistance in Holland during the war. Was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF
- Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
An American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.
- Nadiya Hussain
British TV chef, author, and television presenter. She rose to fame after winning the sixth series of BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Young politician in America sparking radical change. Proponent of Green New Deal and workers’ rights.
- Ilhan Omar
First Somali-American to be elected to the House of Representatives in America.
- Esther Pollard
Diocesan secretary for Truro
- Meghan Markle
Actor, activist and member of the British Royal Family. Publicly addresses issues of gender inequality.
- Kate Middleton
Activist and member of the British Royal Family. Particular focus on mental health and addiction.
Long term Harbour Housing volunteer with a particular dedication to art club.
- Natalie C
An ex-resident of Harbour Housing.
- Amelia Earheart
Explorer, adventurer, innovator. First female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Emily Hill
Staff member of Harbour Housing on communications team.
- Ellen DeGeneres
TV personality, activist for LGBTQ community. Host of popular television show.
- Dame Carol Ann Duffy
A British poet and playwright, previously Poet Laureate, who writes from a feminist perspective.
- Rosalind Frank
English scientist, instrumental to discovery of structure of DNA.
- Steph Houghton
Captain of both Manchester City and England national women’s football team. Played over 100 times for England.
- Katie Bouman
Computer scientist. She led the development of an algorithm for imaging black holes which resulted in the first ever picture of a black hole.
- Dame Jane Goodall
Biologist, anthropologist and academic who famously studied the behaviour of chimpanzees. Named UN Messenger of Peace.
- Angela Davis
American civil rights activist, campaigner and philosopher.
- Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline was a political activist and campaigner who organised the suffragette movement that won women the right to vote.
- Emily Dyer
Harbour Housing staff member. Emily is a tenancy sustainment officer for the EVA project supporting women escaping violence and abuse.
- Patty Jenkins
Director in male dominated industry. Directed award-winning Wonder Woman film.
- Sandi Toksvig
Comedian, activist and broadcaster. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party
- Coco Channel
Business-woman who started her own fashion brand. She is credited with liberating women’s fashion.
- Amandla Stenberg
A young actor, activist and singer.
- Monique Collins
Monique runs DISC which is the drop in centre in Newquay.
- Tracey Emin
An English artist who works in varied media. Honest and autobiographical work which particularly explores female sexuality.
- Ellie Simmonds
British Paralympian swimmer who won two gold medals at just the age of 13.
- Hannah Witton
A British YouTuber and author who is raising awareness for sexual welfare and liberation.
- Gloria Steinem
American political activist who became known as the leader of the feminist movement in the 1970s.
- Rosie Duffield
Elected to parliament in 2017, Rosie gave a moving testimony of her own experiences of domestic violence at the reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill.
- Sarah B
A resident of Harbour Housing.
- Katrin Jakobsdottir
Left-wing, environmentalist Prime Minister of Iceland.
- Elizabeth Truss
Appointed the Minister for Women and Equalities in September 2019.
- Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
British athlete competing in track and field, three time world champion and 2012 Olympic champion.
- Amariyanna Copeny
Also known as Little Miss Flint, she is a youth activist raising awareness for the water crisis in Flint.
- Kim Hager
Joint commissioning manager for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team.
- Jamie Clayton
Transgender woman who is a campaigner for trans issues as well as an actor.
- Grace Hopper
An American computer scientist. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming.
- Lady Gaga
One of the world’s best selling music artists, she is known for her philanthropy and social activism, especially regarding LGBT rights and youth empowerment.
- Kate Moss
Member of staff at Harbour Housing. Kate is the business development and project manager at Harbour, having previously worked on volunteering and activities.
Multi-award winning female artist, credited for breaking boundaries in the industry. Campaigns on many issues including animal rights. Sold over £50 million singles worldwide.
- Reese Witherspoon
Highly successful actor who campaigns in several women and children’s advocacy organisations including Save the Children.
- Kate Adie
Adopted as a baby, Kate Adie is an English journalist who reported from war zones during her time as chief news correspondent for the BBC.
- Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Psychologist and Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service who campaigns on homelessness after experiencing it in her teens.