A Green Plaque has been unveiled at the former home of two sisters from Loughborough who fought for the right of women to vote as prominent members of the suffragette movement.
The plaque was unveiled last week in tribute to Kathleen and Nora Corcoran, who lived in Castledine Street in Loughborough between 1912 and 1925.
The sisters were both prominent members of the local suffragette movement.
Kathleen was arrested and detained for her part in a mass suffragette attempt to enter the Houses of Parliament, while both sisters refused to pay taxes on their home to protest against the lack of representation for women.
The sisters also served as nurses during the First World War, where they received medals for their service.
If Kathleen and Nora Corcoran and all the other supporters of women’s suffrage hadn’t done what they did 100 years ago, women today would not have the opportunities to access the education and work opportunities that we now take for granted, or the right to have their voices heard in the democratic process.
"We owe them a great deal and I am delighted to be able to unveil this Green Plaque as a lasting tribute to them.Person:Councillor Louise Richardson, cabinet member for green plaques