News | Tuesday, 6th February 2018

‘Living up to Sylvia’ event marks suffrage centenary

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre involved in celebration

Suffragettes campaigning
The 6th February 2018 marks 100 years since the passing of The Representation of the People Act.

The ‘Centenary Celebration: Living up to Sylvia’ event on the 6th February at Manchester Metropolitan University, will see a programme of talks and music about ongoing activism. The event is an opportunity to reflect on the stories of women who campaigned for much more than the vote and is a chance to show people that they can still make a difference.

Dr Kate Cook, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, said: “Recent news stories such as the BBC gender pay gap and the Harvey Weinstein scandal have emphasised that women are still not liberated, despite 100 years of voting rights.

“This event gives us the chance to reflect and honour those women who campaigned for decent working conditions, the right to attend University, the right to stand for election and a host of other things that we take for granted today.”

The centenary celebrations are part of an ongoing programme of events hosted by ‘The Sylvia’ throughout 2018. This includes the launch of a new book ‘Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now’ by Dr Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

For more information and the full programme of events, visit

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