Manchester Metropolitan’s Festival for International Women’s Day 2017.

This blog post aims to bring together events for International Women’s Day 2017.  This is limited to those that Manchester Metropolitan University is involved with.  The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre was launched on International Women’s Day 2016 and so it is important to us to celebrate our first anniversary with this festival of events.  The festival includes the first Family Law Conference, on Saturday 4th March (bookings now closed).

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social and political achievements of women.  Find out more at  This year, the University is proud to be a sponsor of the Manchester City Council International Women’s Festival Awards Ceremony on March 8th; and Naomi Buckley and Lydia Lancaster are attending to represent the University.  On March 8th, Kate Cook will also be speaking at the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health as part of the International Women’s Day Conference: Engendering change.



Love To Read Month: Manchester Met Library, All Saints and Crewe Libraries, 1st – 31st March

The Library are theming our monthly Love To Read book recommendations around International Women’s Day. We’ll be highlighting and celebrating female authors from across disciplines throughout March, with recommendations from Manchester Metropolitan staff, students and alumni. From 13th-17th March we’ll also mark St Patrick’s Day by recommending our favourite books written by Irish female authors.

Love To Read highlights Library books and resources that are available to all staff and students, whatever your route of study.

Look out for displays in both Libraries throughout March, and find more information and recommendations @MMULibrary on Twitter and Instagram. _____________________________________________________________________

Women in STEM: Meet women working in science and engineering, joint event with University of Manchester and University of Salford, 10:00 – 12:00 OR 13:00 – 15:00 (Lunch is from 12:00 – 13:00), Monday 6th March, Manchester Central Library.

Manchester school children will be able to find out about women working in STEM research. In a 2-hour session of several round-table discussions, school children will question women scientists about their career and research. Staff will also take part in a free networking lunch, which will give them the opportunity to meet other female early career researchers from the University of Manchester, Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan.

This event is fully booked thanks to a great response from our staff.  _____________________________________________________________________

An Exhibition of Student Journeys to Deconstruct ‘Gender’, Becky Clarke and Rimsha Rasul, 10-11 am, Wednesday 8th March 2017, GM226 Seminar Room.

This session is an opportunity for staff and students across MMU to explore the work of students from the Deconstructing Gender unit, as we share materials from our recent portfolio assignments.  This work reflects an investment in examining this concept, taking a critical eye to a range of sources and issues to consider what they tell us about the construct of ‘gender’.

The journeys to deconstruct ‘gender’ reveal challenging questions about the expectations placed on women and men, framed by the media, the music and beauty industries and the political sphere.  Many of the blog posts also consider the past and present role of feminist thought and activist spaces in resisting problematic gendered norms.  The potential of ‘my feminist imagination’ is revealed, inspired by personal heroines as well as contemporary political or celebrity feminists.  Yet the work here also uncovers the challenges to feminism(s) which fail to address intersectional experiences, of women of colour or those who do not conform to gendered stereotypes.

On International Women’s Day 2017, we invite you to come and browse our ‘wordpress’ sites and talk to us about our collective work on the unit. Refreshments will be available during the session.

Contacts:         Rimsha Rasul;

Becky Clarke


Self-Defence Session by Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre: from 2-3pm, on 8th March Geoffrey Manton, Room 3.06.

Richard Lawrence and Jay Cahill of Keysi Northwest and Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre present a self-defence session which is fully accessible and suitable for all abilities. Please sign up in advance here:

Copies of the following interview will also be available at this event:

Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons is a graphic novel trilogy portraying the adventures of an all-women secret society of bodyguards who protect the leaders of the radical suffragette movement during early 1914. The trilogy’s author, Tony Wolf, provides us with an exclusive interview about his work, what inspired him and the relationship between the suffragettes and martial arts.


Talks and Video, in aid of Womankind Worldwide ( at the Nip and Tipple, in Whalley Range ( 7.30-8.30 pm followed by music.  Speakers:  Dr Emily Mountain and Dr Kate Cook, SPGRC.

This free event will feature a screening of a short film on the “girl effect” and will aim to raise money for this worthwhile cause.  Do come along.


LesBiCon: What do young lesbian and bisexual women want and need?

The Proud Trust and Young Women’s Health Project are bringing together young lesbian and bisexual women aged 14-25 with women professionals and decision-makers, at The Ormond Building Council Chamber, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, M15 (Entrance off Lower Ormond Street), supported by the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre, 9th March, 4.30-7.30 pm.

Influential Women and Women leaders are invited to attend the event which will offer an opportunity to engage with young Lesbian and Bisexual women directly to help bring about local change in Manchester. Women do not need to identify as lesbian or bisexual themselves but are coming with a willingness to hear from the young women involved in the event.

What the event will offer:

  • An educational, open and safe space for women who love women and other women allies.
  • Learning around specific health needs of lesbian and bisexual women
  • Guidance on how to make your own work or service more inclusive of young lesbian and bisexual women
  • Information to feed into financial decision making in the city around inclusion, health, youth and other agendas
  • Free health resources to use in work with young people developed by young lesbian and bisexual women
  • Accessible intergenerational space for both young lesbian and bisexual women and women leaders to collaborate and exchange thoughts and experiences

The event will comprise a range of different activities and inputs including:

Living libraries; Research presentation; Discussion groups; Political cake decorating; Quizzes and Refreshments.

RSVP to / 07530 316 656 by 2nd March 17.


Con and Eva: Gendering Revolution: exhibition at Irish World Heritage Centre Manchester, 10 March – 30th June. Launch event and symposium 3.30-7.00pm

This exhibition uses archive material to examine the lives of two sisters, Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth. Born into a wealthy Anglo-Irish family in Lissadell, Co. Sligo, Con and Eva went on to become significant activists in very different fields. Constance remained in Ireland to become a revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising. Eva, on the other hand, moved to Manchester to become a poet, dramatist, pacifist, committed suffragist and labour activist.

Chaired by Kate Cook, Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre, the symposium brings together the exhibition’s three co-curators, Fionna Barber (Manchester School of Art), Laura McAtackney (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin) in a celebration of the significance of Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth, and a discussion of their legacy for Irish women’s activism today.

Tickets are going fast but there are still some available at:


 Herstory Walks: Meet in All Saints Park at 12pm, on

Tuesday 14th March 12-1.30pm or Friday 17th March 12-1.30pm.

Suffragists, suffragettes, academics, scientists, novelists: for generations, Manchester’s women have been at the forefront of social and economic change, yet their voices are rarely heard.  This International Women’s Day, join us on a guided walking tour of the Oxford Road Corridor as we celebrate some of Manchester’s most influential female exports, from Mabel Tylecote to Marie Stopes, Mrs Gaskell to Mrs Pankhurst.

Please sign up to take part:


Rape – campaigning for change, remembering Jill Saward: Speakers and discussion, March 17th 10am-12 noon, at Manchester Met, Geoffrey Manton Building,
Following the sudden death of long-time anti-rape campaigner Jill Saward, the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre is proud to host this event in her memory.  Chaired by Dr Kate Cook, Speakers include: Gavin Drake, Journalist and Jill’s husband; Alison Boydell Jill’s friend and campaigner from JURIES and Sandra McNeill, feminist activist.



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