Alice Hawkins, the Leicester Suffragette and Florence Nightingale

Alice Hawkins in 1907 was arrested and imprisoned, the first of five times in a period of several years. She campaigned for the right of women to be able to vote. She worked in the Boot and Shoe trade in Leicester and a statue was erected a few years ago in the Market Square to honour her and her achievements. She was a brave and fearless woman. Banknotes seem unconnected to her but on the back of the £10 notes in 1975, another woman of courage is remembered, Florence Nightingale whose nursing care for the wounded at Scutari has influenced the care we receive today in the NHS. Two great women, for sure.