The life of an Aberdeen suffragette could be honoured with a city centre plaque.
Aberdeen’s Women’s Alliance has requested the city council agrees to install a plaque to suffragette and journalist Caroline Phillips at 41 Union Street.
Ms Phillips was secretary of the local Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) branch between 1907 and 1909, during which time she corresponded with key figures in the suffrage movement such as the Pankhursts.
A report to members of the local authority’s operational delivery committee said the Union Street building is the place where she worked in her role for the WSPU. In their reason for nomination, the group said her correspondence offers a “unique insight” into the suffrage campaign.
It added: “There is no other plaque in Aberdeen to represent the suffragettes.
“We hope to get this plaque erected by November 2018 to celebrate the centenary of some women first achieving the vote.”
Ms Phillips was a reporter at the Aberdeen Daily Journal, a forerunner of the Press and Journal, seen as an unusual job for women at the time.
She was born in Kintore in 1870 before moving to the city with her family in 1874.
Her correspondence, including with the Pankhursts, is archived in Aberdeen Art Gallery in the Watt collection.
A brief biography of Ms Phillips, contained within the papers to councillors, said: “Although Caroline was not opposed to violent protest, her own actions were peaceful.
“She would walk round golf courses at dawn, replacing each flag with a ‘Votes for Women’ flag.”
It adds that in 1912, she inherited the Station Hotel, Banchory, from an aunt.
She gave up journalism and left Aberdeen to run the hotel.
When she retired she moved back to her home village of Kintore, where she is buried in the Watt family plot in the village after passing away aged 85.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women over the age of 30, who met a property qualification, the right to vote.
It wasn’t until 1928 that women were granted universal suffrage and achieved the same voting rights as men.
Councillors on the committee will consider the report when they meet on Tuesday.