Snape the Stiletto: Re-creating the "Essex Girl" cliché - BBC News

Snape the Stiletto: Re-creating the "Essex Girl" cliché - BBC News

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Snapping the Stiletto wants to transform the idea of ​​what it means to be an "Essex Girl"

A groundbreaking social worker, a divorced tobacconist, and an officer on the beat are just a few of the remarkable women in the story whose stories challenge the "Essex Girl" stereotype.

The Snapping the Stiletto project brings the tired stereotype to rest by revealing the stories of women throughout the county who left a mark decades ago.

More than 130 volunteers have searched through microfiche, public records and council protocols to showcase the achievements of their predecessors.

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Southend Museum Service

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A mother and child clinic was founded in 1915 by Adelaide Hawken in Southend

Tucked almost in line, a nameless young woman in a neat polka-dot dress and straw hat is immaculate – seemingly unaware of the baby in her lap.

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