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Votes for Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
13 April, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Don your sash and join us to celebrate the centenary of the women’s vote.
2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. In honour of this milestone we’re bringing together Dr Helen Pankhurst, author of Deeds Not Words and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, gal-dem contributor and host of the popular Mostly Lit podcast Raifa Rafiq, and ordained Anglican Priest, Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey and novelist Marie-Elsa Bragg (Towards Mellbreak, Penguin) to discuss the women’s movement then and now, and how far we’ve come in the last 100 years.
This will be followed by a screening of 2015 blockbuster Suffragette, for which Pankhurst was a consultant. Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter, the film tells the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement.
Dr Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia, where her work focusses on the interests and needs of women and girls. In the UK she is a public speaker and writer on feminist issues. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. Her new book Deeds Not Words combines historical insight with inspiring argument to reveal how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there.
Marie-Elsa Bragg is part French, part Cumbrian, and is a writer, lecturer, ordained Anglican Priest, Jesuit Spiritual Director and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She is a member of The Fawcett Society, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and WATCH Parliament, a small group who work alongside parliament on women’s issues within the Church. Her debut novel Towards Mellbreak is published by Chatto & Windus (paperback, 5 April 2018).
Raifa Rafiq is a trainee solicitor at one of the leading international law firms in the UK. She is a contributor to gal-dem and hosts popular Literature and culture podcast ‘Mostly Lit’ which was named iTunes Best Podcast of 2016 and one of the Podcast that will blow your mind by the BBC. An avid reader and writer, Raifa is a proud Black Muslim Woman who embraces each and every one of her intersections.
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