Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members.

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Sally Jones sjones@mmu.ac.uk


More Centenaries for Women.

Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Business and Law would like to invite you to our International Women’s Day event 100 Years of Women in Law and Accountancy.

This event will recognise the trailblazing actions of women such as Mary Harris Smith and Eliza Orme in paving the way for women to practice in these professions today.

We will open and close with talks by highly successful women working in law and accountancy, including Vanda Murray OBE, Chair of the MMU Board of Governors and Julia Clarke, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. We also will also reflect upon future of women in professions, drawing upon current research from Man Met academics on barriers to women’s progression.

For a full programme and booking link, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/100-years-of-women-in-law-and-accountancy-tickets-56593001190

For further information contact Anna Egan: a.egan@mmu.ac.uk.

GM4Women2028 Scorecard Launch

Kate at launch

Last Wednesday, on the 101st anniversary of some women being able to vote, the new gender (in)equality scorecard was launch at Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  The scorecard looks at 10 markers of inequality today, and sets a challenge to Greater Manchester to make this better, over the coming 9 years, before the centenary of equal voting rights.

At the launch, Kate spoke for the Centre, after Dr Helen Pankhurst had opened the event.  There were some powerful speeches from a number of the Scorecard team as well as contributions from a young woman from Loreto School and from Gemma from Breakthrough UK.  The event was crowded and vociferous and several of the visitors present also stood to make their own pledges.

Eve and Emmeline

After the formal proceedings were over everyone walked over to the “Our Emmeline” statue to raise the profile of this launch further.  The picture shows Eve Holt of Happen Together, rallying support.  The event was also filmed by That’s TV Manchester who have posted the video on their Facebook page.


If you would like to read the scorecard it is posted on the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre pages and you can also make a pledge and sign up to become involved via the scorecard site.  The team working on the scorecard hope that Greater Manchester will be able to make significant improvements in equality, across gender, race, class, age, sexuality and disability, by 2028.

For now, please share this widely and get involved, if you can.  Thank you,


Feed your head: Intergenerational Discussion Group

Feed Your Head – An intergenerational discussion group for women

Invisible Women is a new short film (25mins) about two extraordinary women: Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald who have spent the last 50 years working in Manchester and Salford transforming the lives of thousands of women and LGBTQ people.

They were both born to unmarried mothers in post war Ireland, survived homelessness and conversion therapy to start the first Gay Liberation Front outside of London, the first women’s centre in the north as well mounting the fight against Section 28 in 1988. Theirs is a genuinely revelatory story filled with hope, optimism and triumph.

Come and join us at 7.30pm to watch the film the partake in a Q&A session.

Vegetarian soup and bread will be available from 7pm

Tickets may be booked here: tickets can be booked here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feed-your-head-invisible-women-tickets-55899733608

An Evening with Harriet Wistrich, of the Centre for Women’s Justice

Research Group for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Westminster Law School are hosting an International Women’s Day Event:

An Evening with Harriet Wistrich, Solicitor at Birnberg Pierce and Director of the Centre for Women’s Justice.

Reflections on Work as a Feminist Lawyer

 Westminster Law School is delighted to welcome Harriet Wistrich, Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2014 and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018. She has been involved in many important human rights cases, and she is well known for her work on violence against women. Most recently she acted for the women raped/sexually assaulted, by the infamous taxi cab driver John Workboys, in a ground breaking Supreme Court case, and a judicial review against the Parole Board. Harriet Wistrich will reflect on her experience as a feminist lawyer working on issues of violence against women and human rights, and on setting up the Centre for Women’s Justice.

Thursday March 7th 2019


 The Pavilion, Cavendish Building, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

All Welcome

Space is limited registration essential


Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard Launch

Tomorrow the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre will form part of a coalition of organisations and individuals who are coming together  to launch the Greater Manchester Pankhurst- Fawcett Scorecard.  This looks at measures of gender (in)equality across Greater Manchester, with a few to creating real change by 2028, the centenary of equal suffrage.  The group is using the campaign #GM4Women2028, so do look out for our tweets.


The group has been convened by Dr Helen Pankhurst and has had a real struggle finding statistics to put onto their scorecard.  It has become quite clear that there is inadequate data on gender, race, sexuality, disability and class to even begin to monitor how we are doing.  This is obviously a serious problem in terms of achieving change and one which the Pankhurst-Fawcett group is challenging politicians to improve.

The information that we have found has been sued to create a scorecard with 10 measures covering: work; violence against women; political leadership; education and culture and you can find the full scorecard on our pages here: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/law/research/research-areas/gender/scorecard/ and even more information here: https://www.gm4women2028.org/

After a press reception at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce the organisers will walk to the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in St Peter’s Square, arriving for about 1.30 pm tomorrow, so do join us there or get involved online.

Thank you,  Kate.



Independent Choices Annual Quiz

Independent Choices is a local charity that hosts our Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline.  They also run a fundraising quiz each year, which is always fun!

This year’s details are:

Date:  Monday 25th February 2019, at 6pm

Venue: Grano Restaurant, 49 Stretford RD, Manchester, M15 5JH

Tickets are £15 pp including food.

Women and Power: Redressing the Balance

Virigina Tandy has been in touch with the Centre to tell us about a conference in March, at the University of Oxford.


“I am delighted to announce that I will be chairing the closing session of this conference  on 7 March. The speakers on my panel discussing Women Making History: the Leaders of Today will be Hilary Carty, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, Kate Clark, Visiting Professor of Heritage Valuation at the University of Suffolk and Sara Wajid Head of Engagement at the Museum of London.

The Women and Power conference details are as follows:

Throughout 2018 the National Trust ran a programme of public events, exhibitions and new interpretation to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. The National Trust is one of many heritage, cultural and academic institutions to have marked this anniversary.

Many of the programmes, exhibitions and events that responded to the centenary not only explored the stories of 100 years ago but openly questioned the representation of women’s lives in the histories inherited by curators and researchers, and experienced in public life, today. This two day conference brings together researchers and heritage professionals to reflect on previous practice, explore the delivery of and response to events of 2018, and look forward to the future of representing women’s histories.

The conference will take place in Oxford on 6th and 7th March 2019. It is jointly convened by the University of Oxford and the National Trust and features papers from both organisations in addition to a range of other institutions and independent researchers who have submitted papers through an open call.

If you would like to know more and to book a place on this two day conference, please use the link below.



Notes from the second Changing the Narrative event in November 2019 will be posted on the website shortly


Virginia Tandy, https://changingthenarrativeconference.wordpress.com/