Sylvia Pankhurst Exhibition – Save the Date!

The Manchester City Art Gallery are going to exhibit some of Sylvia’s art as part of the celebration of the centenary of Votes for Women.  At the moment the opening of the exhibition looks likely to be during the “Thursday Lates” on January 18th – this is a drop-in session so do save the date, and I will let you know if I hear anything different; please follow this link for more details about Thursday Lates:​ .

Thank you,  Kate.

Dr Kate Cook,

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre


Free film screening of ‘Key Change’ at Manchester Met on Thursday 7th December

Devised with women in HMP Low Newton (UK) and originally shown in male prisons, Key Change  is a raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison. It was performed at the Houses of Parliament in 2016 to help Parliamentarians, policy makers and influencers further understand the complex journey that women who come into contact with the Criminal Justice System face, and the impact of gender violence on their lives.

We are screening a free performance of Key Change which will be followed by a professional discussion on Thursday 7th December from 1-3pm and 4-6pm. It is aimed at an audience of students and employers as part of a national series of days of activism, supporting the cause to end violence against women and girls. We anticipate that this will be both a useful learning aid, as well as a useful space for reflecting about the issues raised in the film and in our professional work.

The film screenings will be in the Brooks Building, LT4. If people wish to attend either session they can book by emailing me directly:

Margaret Struthers:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The 25th November is the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which has been marked since 1981 following the slaughter of the Mirabel sisters in the Dominican Republic; and it is marked in their honour.  The day is followed by “16 days of activism against violence against women” and this year there are numerous events going on around the country to mark this.  You can read more here:

 In particular, there is a march in Manchester, this Sunday, called #DeadWomenWalking, to raise awareness about the number of women killed by their violent partners, each year.  The circular route will end with a vigil, in memory of those killed.  More details here:

 Dr Kate Cook,

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre,


Kate Cook reports on progress with the Emmeline Pankhurst statue

Pankhurst Lunch statue (002)

Maquette of the statue, with the plans in the background

I was lucky enough to be invited to a lunchtime gathering last week, to celebrate progress with the statue so far, and consider the next steps.  In attendance were: Andrew Simcock (City Councillor who is leading this project);  Helen Pankhurst (our own Visiting Professor and Sylvia’s Granddaughter); Hazel Reeves (the sculptor) and many others involved with the work including planners, designers and a very important cake-maker.  

The statue is going to be unveiled on 14 December 2018 in St. Peter’s Square, if all goes to plan.  The date will mark the centenary of the first time women were able to vote in a general election.  Before that the plinth will be set in place and officially unveiled on 15th July 2018 (160th anniversary of Emmeline’s birth).  The plinth will be in the form of a stone circle, with quotations, details will follow.

Some of this planning is still dependent on funding and the team are eagerly awaiting an announcement from Government on that issue.  Representatives from the Equalities Office, also present, were teased about the lack of updates! 

I was also invited to speak and shared our own progress on developing our Centenary plans.  We hope to be able to publish our draft timetable before the end of 2017.

The picture below shows the amazing cake, being cut by Andrew Simcock, accompanied by Helen Pankhurst, Hazel Reeves (the sculptor, in the red shirt) and Rosie Dummer – the cake maker. 

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Dr Kate Cook,

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre,



Jo Watson invites Sylvia readers to “A Disorder for Everyone!”

‘A Disorder For Everyone!’ – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, creating change is a dynamic and challenging event that is touring the UK. The event invites participants to look critically at the narrative of psychiatric ‘diagnosis and disorder’ and explore alternatives to it.

The day should be of interest to therapeutic/mental health professionals; students and trainees; academics; people with lived experience of psychiatric diagnosis; activists; supporters; survivors and anyone interested in current debates in ‘mental health.’

All events offer as many free places to people with lived experience as is possible, as well as discounted rates for other groups (see link /tickets)

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you would like to negotiate a cheaper rate for group bookings of more than 5 people.

Here are the links :-

Liverpool AD4E (in association with ReVision)

Manchester AD4E (in association with Manchester Rape Crisis)

Brighton AD4E (In association with Hearing Voices Brighton)

Jo Watson


A Disorder for mEveryone1 A Disorder for Everyone2


This MMU Girl Can…

This MMU Girl Can Week is back, supporting Manchester Metropolitan’s female staff and students in breaking down the barriers that prevent women from getting active.

Hosted by MMU Sport, the campaign celebrates the active lives of women on campus, with a female focussed week of classes, activities and events.


For further information please follow this link: