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 thrilled that Dr Helen Pankhurst, author of Deeds Not Words and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, will be with us on the night in conversation with Marie-Elsa Bragg, writer, lecturer, Jesuit Spiritual Director and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey, about 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. 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).
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