Back in February, we launched a search to find modern-day Lady Godivas. We asked the people of Coventry to nominate women who were doing incredible work in the city and championed the spirit of activism and social justice that Lady Godiva, and Coventry, is famous for.
Well, now we have found our 14 Lady Godivas, who will play a major role in the signature event for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Moves.
The 14 Godivas have unique stories of their own which were drawn out during the nomination and selection process, making them the perfect representations of the famous figure.
They are Felicity Alsop, Alethea Balbuena, Kirsty Brewerton, Surinder Dhillon, Christine Eade, Isabelle Edgar-McCabe, Reena Jaisiah, Last Mafuba, Caitlin McCarthy, Jess McLish, Loraine Mponela, Laura Nyahuye, Pru Porretta and Christine Sugary Staple.
Many of them have been learning to ride a horse for the first time as part of filmed contributions on the day. Their exact role in the Coventry Moves story, which is being directed by Justine Themen, will emerge on the day as people watch it unfold from their homes online, on the radio and on their social media feed.