Ada Nield Chew, Radical Suffragist: Pop-up Protest – Tuesday, 6 February 2018 at 10:00 am

The 6th of February 2018 is the centenary of the legal assent of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote for the first time, thanks to activists like Ada Nield Chew.

Ada Nield Chew was a radical Suffragist, women’s trades unionist and an author. Her long career in activism began in 1894 with a series of protest letters to the Crewe Chronicle complaining about the unfair conditions in the factory, where she was employed as a tailor.

This “pop-up protest” is an original adaptation of Ada Nield Chew’s ‘Crewe Factory Girl’ Letters, written and directed by Shelley Piasecka (University of Chester) in collaboration with Kirsty Bunting and Orlagh McCabe (Senior Lecturers at MMU and Directors of the Local Youth Engagement Project).

For further details and to book tickets please visit:


Second Annual Family Law Conference, with Keynote from Lady Hale – 9th March 2018

Registration is now open for the Manchester Metropolitan University’s 2nd Annual Family Law Conference, sponsored by the Manchester Centre for Law in Society and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre.  The conference will bring together a mixed audience of academics, practitioners and students to discuss current issues in family law, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, will deliver the keynote presentation ‘A View from the Supreme Court Bench’. 

 Date – Friday 9th March 2018

Venue – Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

Admission – Early bird rate of £65 until 26 January 2018, then £85;
£25 for students

For further details, paper abstracts and registration please see:

Sylvia Pankhurst: Working Women – A comment, by Dr Kate Cook.

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This exhibition is now open in Manchester City Art gallery, see their website for details:

This small selection of Sylvia’s works gives a real insight into the artist that she might have been, had she not decided to quit art at a young age to dedicate herself to politics.  I found the two rows of pictures of ordinary women, many at work, quite inspiring.  As an artist, as well as in her more direct political work, Sylvia Pankhurst was on the side of women who had few opportunities.

Sylvia was a student at Manchester School of Art from 1889-1902, just a few years before she drew and painted these works.  Here she depicts women working in factories and industries.  The women are not prettified or dressed up as happy workers.  Sylvia shows their work for what it is, tough, repetitive and often thankless.  I heartily recommend going to see these pictures for yourself.  Whilst you are there you might also notice some paintings by Adolphe Valette nearby.

Valette, the French Impressionist who painted Manchester, was a tutor at Manchester School of Art from 1907, during the time that Sylvia was painting the pictures in her exhibition.  The exhibit gives a small glimpse into the history of art at (what is now) Manchester Metropolitan, as well as allowing us to see the contrast between the ambitious canvasses of the male artist and the relatively small works of Sylvia.

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Centenary Celebration: Living up to Sylvia

100 years ago on 6th February some women were given the right to vote in this country, for the first time.  In commemoration of this we are hosting an event which brings together the proud history of the Suffragettes with some modern activism.  We have activist stalls and a range of speakers from 2.30 to 5pm, in Geoffrey Manton.  Full details are given on the Eventbrite:

 If you have any questions, please email​

 Dr Kate Cook,

Victims of Worboys to challenge parole board release decision

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Crowdfund launched in support of two women’s challenge to Parole Board

Today CWJ is launching a CrowdJustice crowdfunding page to raise funds so two victims can legally challenge the decision to release John Worboys. This is a critical case about taking violence against women seriously and improving state accountability to ensure that victims are adequately protected.

The page will be live from 2pm at: www.crowdjustice. com/case/challenge-worboys- release 

As you know, what we’re trying to achieve is not easy and we are asking for your help in this effort.

If you’re willing, we’d like you to do a few simple things to help promote the page:

1. Please donate to the campaign and share that you donated on social media to build momentum
2. Share the CrowdJustice page link on your personal Facebook page, Twitter feed and/or on your Instagram feed, asking your network to donate to our campaign and share
3. Email a set of your close friends, family and contacts, asking them to please share our CrowdJustice page link through their social media accounts.
4. Spread the word in any other way possible (i.e., to coworkers who are active on social media or through a blog you have access to)!

It will truly make an enormous difference if you’re able to participate in this effort. 

Thank you so much in advance!

Harriet Wistrich
Centre for Women’s Justice




Help to keep the fight for gender equality alive! Volunteer at the Pankhurst Centre

Pankhurst Centre volunteers

Would you like to be part of the ongoing history of the Pankhursts and their legacy as activists who helped to change women’s futures?

The Pankhurst Centre – the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her activist daughters Sylvia, Christabel and Adela, and the place where the suffragette movement began – is looking for volunteers.

The beautiful Edwardian house, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, at 62 Nelson Street, is now home to a small museum and heritage centre. And attached, at no 60, is a women’s community centre that provides events and services run by women, for women. As such, the house is still an activist centre, continuing the fight that the Pankhursts began on that very spot more than a hundred years ago, and retains its status as a unique place in women’s history and the history of radical Manchester

The centre relies entirely on volunteers to open this iconic space to the public, and is looking for people who can give time to help run the museum and keep the work of the Pankhursts, and the fight for equality, alive and accessible to people from across the globe. And what a great time to get involved –in the centenary year of (some) women getting the right to vote!

Volunteers help as tour guides, opening the doors to visitors and answering questions about the building, the Pankhursts and the history of the movement, in the place where the first ever meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) took place – the birthplace of the suffragette movement. As a volunteer, your role can be as varied as selling memorabilia in the tiny shop to explaining the history behind Sylvia Pankhurst’s typewriter, and giving visitors a tour of the beautifully-restored Edwardian parlour.

New volunteers shadow experienced guides to learn the history of the building and the movement, and to ensure that visitors have an informative, memorable visit. Many people are visibly moved by their visit to the museum, and the volunteers are an important part of that experience. The volunteers are a diverse group of people, and give as much or as little of their time as they have available. Every volunteer counts in helping to keep the centre, and the Pankhursts’ legacy, alive.

The Pankhurst Centre is open every Thursday, 10am-4pm, and every second Sunday from 1-4pm. To find out more about volunteering at the Pankhurst Centre, contact Clare Blomley at

Why we volunteer – Pankhurst Centre volunteers tell their story……

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Niamh, aged 18

“I’ve met lots of people with so much knowledge, and learned from the other volunteers. It has helped with my confidence. I now go up to people and talk to them, and get them engaged. I’ve met a wide range of people.

I volunteered because I was having a gap year before university. I’m going to study history, and I wanted to get experience to put on my CV. I wanted to show I’m engaged with history. I feel more connected to women’s history now.”

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Judith, long-term volunteer

“The main thing I get from volunteering is contact with so many interesting visitors from all over the world – learning their histories and the histories of the women’s movements in their countries; as well as learning about their own experiences too.

As volunteers, we show visitors round, and give them a feel for what we are all about.

I came here because of my interest in feminist history, and have been here over 10 years now.”