Video | Wednesday, 25th April 2018

“Deeds Not Words": Reflecting on suffrage

Dr Helen Pankhurst delivers inspiring talk at Manchester Metropolitan

Manchester Metropolitan welcomed Dr Helen Pankhurst for an informal talk on women’s rights, reflecting on the suffrage story and considering how much progress has been made.

Helen spoke about her new book “Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights: Then and Now”, in which she charts how women's lives have changed over the last century, while offering a powerful and positive argument for a new way forward.

In a highly participative session, attendess took part in scoring the progress towards gender equality before having the chance to meet Helen, pick up a signed copy of her book and discuss ongoing struggles for equality. 

The session is part of a series of events, hosted by the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan, to mark the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote.

Dr Helen Pankhurst is a Visiting Professor at the Centre and is Sylvia Pankhurst's granddaughter. She is also a women's rights activist and senior advisor at CARE International, working in the UK and Ethiopia.

For more information on Helen Pankhurst and the centenary programme, visit

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