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Come and march with us to meet Our Emmeline

Dec 07, 2018

A model of Our Emmeline
A model of Our Emmeline

All colleagues are invited to join a special march and rally to celebrate the significant contribution of women in our city and a pivotal moment in our democratic history.

Exactly a hundred years since the first women in the UK voted in a General Election, a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday 14 December. The event is the culmination of a campaign launched in 2014 to celebrate the significant contribution of women in the city.

We will head off from The Old Fire Station at 10am to St Peter’s Square, via a rallying point off Deansgate. Colleagues are encouraged to dress in suffragette colours of lilac, white and green. In case of rain there will be ponchos in the suffragette colours, so please let us know you plan to attend so we make sure we have enough. We’d love for as many colleagues as possible to attend. Make sure to check with your manager and discuss any flexible working or workload concerns.

New Co-Chair of our Women’s Voice network, Dr Nadine Watson said: “The unveiling of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in town and our march to the event, is something Salford Women’s Voice are particularly proud to lead. In recognition and acknowledgement of Emmeline’s work, both in terms social and political reform, the statue represents a symbolic reminder of her great legacy. Her achivements benefitted all, not just women, so we hope lots of our male colleagues will march with us in support on the day.”

The march and unveiling of the statue will be the climax to a year of activity in Manchester,which began with centenary celebrations of women achieving the right to vote and continued with a variety of events exploring the city’s radical roots and its central role in both the suffragette and suffragist movements.

Emmeline’s great grand-daughter Helen Pankhurst had the vision that this should be an occasion that sees people gather from across Greater Manchester to march to meet “Our Emmeline”.

Marchers and those gathering in St Peter’s Square will be welcomed by the uplifting voices of Manchester Community Choir before hearing from Councillor Andrew Simcock, Helen Pankhurst and sculptor Hazel Reeves, who will share the story of Our Emmeline.

Also present will be the Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams, Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen and Manchester City Council Lead Member for Women, Councillor Sarah Judge.

Key times for the march from the University of Salford

10:15am Marchers leave the Old Fire Station to People's History Museum, where the official march begins.We will walk as a group with marshals along the pavement. The route will be down The Crescent (Maxwell side) onto Chapel Street, turning right onto Bridge St past the People's History Museum and up through Spinningfields to Deansgate, where we will turn right into Great Northern Square. We estimate the walk to Great Northern Square will take 30 to 45 minutes.

11:15am to 11.30am Rally congregates in Great Northern Square

11:40am Leave for St.Peter's Square (march on left side of road) 

11.50am March holds on Peter Street prior to entering St. Peter's Square

12 noon Unveiling to commence

1:30pm Finish

Please let Women’s Voice know if you plan to come along, so they can have an idea of numbers on the day and put a poncho on one side for you. Please email them on womensvoice@salford.ac.uk

For further information on the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign and full details on the programme for the day, visit: www.womanchesterstatue.org.