Relative of Emmeline Pankhurst to deliver talk in Manchester

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A DIRECT descendant of the leader of the suffragette movement is to deliver a talk about her book at Manchesters’ Peoples’ History Museum this evening.

Helen Pankhurst, 53, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst will talk about her book ‘Deeds Not Words’ which explores the impact of the suffragette movement on women in the past, present and future.

Manchester-born Mrs Pankhurst and her sister Sylvia led the suffragette movement at the turn of the century which won women the right to vote in 1918.

Emmeline Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst – Creative Commons

The talk, which will be open to everyone, comes as 100 years have passed since women, initially over the age of 30 were allowed to take part in elections in Britain.

Jenny Mabbott of the People’s History Museum said: “We are absolutely delighted that Helen Pankhurst is joining us – to share her thoughts 100 years on from the first women gaining the right to vote.”

“Through her book she connects the historical story of the struggle for equality with today’s realities of how far there is still to go, but of course being a Pankhurst she is able to do so from a unique perspective.”

Emmeline Pankhurst

Source: BBC History / Graphic: Jim Scott

Shortly after Emmeline’s death in 1928, the age for women and their right to vote was reduced to 21, in line with the current voting age of men at the time.

At the talk, Helen will also discuss her work as a women’s rights campaigner.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm while tickets can be bought online for £10 / £5 for those with concessions.

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