Anna Kessel MBE

Sports journalist, campaigner and author, Anna stumbled across the woeful stats on the lack of statues and blue plaques for sportswomen while researching for her book, Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives – a passionate polemic aimed at bringing women and sport into the mainstream. Stunned by the invisibility of these incredible sportswomen’s stories, Anna called Jo and Tammy – co-founders of the Women’s Sport Trust – and set about plotting how to bring about change.

Women’s Sport Trust

Women’s Sport Trust raises the visibility and increases the impact of women’s sport through the promotion of diverse athlete role models, increasing media coverage and improving the funding landscape. We are a leading UK charity focused on using the power of sport to accelerate gender equality and stimulate social change.

Blue Plaque Rebellion would also like to thank …

Professor Martin Polley (@HistoryMartin) is the Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, and author of The British Olympics: Britain’s Olympic heritage 1612-2012.

Rachel Harris-Gardiner, editor of Speedqueens

Lisa Taylor (@LisaTaylor1985) is a PhD student working on the social history of competitive women’s rowing with the Sports and Leisure History research group (@SpLeisH) at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the River & Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames.

Professor Dave Day (Manchester Metropolitan University, @natationist) and Margaret Roberts (Independent Researcher and editor Playing Pasts magazine, see –  http://www.playingpasts.co.uk/ and Twitter @Playing_Pasts) collaborate on uncovering the hidden histories of nineteenth and early twentieth century female swimmers and coaches.