First 100 Years – 17th May, 6 – 8.30pm

first 100 years

First 100 Years is a groundbreaking historical project, powered by the charity Spark21 (Registered Charity Number 1167825). We are building the first multimedia museum dedicated to the history of women in law in order inform and inspire future generations of professional women.

In 2019, the project will mark the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time. The charity also participated in the campaign for the Fawcett Statue recently unveiled in Parliament Square, and has a strong reputation for the excellence and far reach of its work, using a multi-faceted approach to advancing equality.

On the 17th, we will be coming to Manchester for an evening of conversation about justice and equality, and how to further the progress of women in the legal sector.

The discussion will be chaired by Penny Haslam, former BBC business journalist who now works as a professional speaker. Judge Sarah Singleton QC, first woman junior on the Northern Circuit, Eve Holt, co-founder of Happen Together CIC and co-lead of The Parliament Project North, and Lauren Riley, solicitor and founder of The Link App, are all confirmed speakers. Ali Fagan, Partner at DLA Piper will also be making an introduction.

First 100 Years is powered by your very generous donations and we couldn’t do our work without you. The money raised from this event will help us to provide future generations of female lawyers with positive role-models and will be invested in our digital museum, allowing us to record more stories of women in law.

Please register using the link below – student priced tickets are available.




International Diversity Day Event – 21 May 2018 (2pm-5pm Room 1.25 Manchester Met Business School)



Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, invite you to attend our joint event at the University’s Business School to celebrate International Diversity Day. This seminar will highlight the benefits of diversity and equality to businesses.

The event is hosted by The Sylvia and is free to attend, with refreshments available. It is open to FSB members, non-members and Manchester Metropolitan University staff and students.

We will simultaneously hold events in Plymouth, Nottingham and Manchester, streaming the presentations between the three sites. There will also be the opportunity for networking and meeting with Gender and Enterprise Network members (a Special Interest Group of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) and staff from Manchester Met’s Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre.

Come and be inspired!


Launch of Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL)



From left to right: Simone Roche (Northern Power Women), Dr Sally Jones, Dr Valerie Antcliff, Claire Pattison, Prof. Julia Rouse, Dr Helen Woolnough, Dr Kate Lewis and Prof. Carol Atkinson.

On 11th April, Manchester Metropolitan University launched the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) Toolkit to address gender pay gaps, at an event attended by practitioners and academics.

The GROWL Toolkit puts organisations in dialogue with research evidence and better practice and embeds them in a learning network, so they can deepen their understanding of the challenges in their own organisation – thereby innovating practice that develops and retains female talent into leadership roles. The Toolkit consists of GROWL enquiry tools which summarise evidence and pose provocative questions around six phases of the leadership life course where we know women face challenges to progression, an Ideas Bank of ‘better practice’ and a GROWL Network that supports organisations to engage with research evidence to address gender pay gaps and Generate Routes for Women’s Leadership.

GROWL is led by Professor Julia Rouse, Dr Helen Woolnough and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre. GROWL is supported by Northern Power Women.

For more information please visit

Deeds Not Words

On Wednesday, 18th April, Dr Helen Pankhurst visited the Sylvia and ran an inspiring session on her book “Deeds not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights: Then and Now” as part of the Centre’s centenary programme. Helen led some excellent discussions about the audience member’s ideas of ways to enhance women’s rights. The group included staff and students from Manchester Metropolitan together with visitors and students from a local school. Everyone appeared to get a lot from the session. Helen will be back with us in September and full details of that event, on September 26th, will be forthcoming. So, for now, please make a note in your diary.

Helen’s visit has also been covered by the University’s news team and you can see her talking, in a short video, here:

Dr Kate Cook.

Prof Julia Rouse presents her research as part of the ESRC Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series

On 27 March 2018, Prof Julia Rouse contributed to an ESRC funded seminar in the ‘Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations Seminar Series 2015-19’ hosted by Dr Patricia Lewis at the University of Kent. The theme was ‘Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship’ and Julia presented a paper from her pregnancy and maternity in entrepreneurship research and campaigning entitled ‘Entrepreneur pregnancy and maternity: policy failure, individualised risks and self-exploitation practises’. Julia was delighted to be talking alongside leaders in the field of gender and entrepreneurship research – Professor Helen Ahl from Sweden and Professor Susan Marlow from the University of Nottingham, among others. The event finished with a frank – and touching – presentation by entrepreneur Sue Nelson on the reality of being a woman small business leader. Sue particularly focused on her lifetime’s experience of everyday sexism and sexual harassment and how this has ongoing overtones in business networks.

Honour-Based Violence: National Awareness Roadshow 2018

A partnership between Manchester Metropolitan University, Jeena Charity and The Elm Foundation, this roadshow is designed to raise public awareness of honour-based violence (HBV) and forced marriages (FM).

We are inviting participants (especially academics, policymakers or practitioners in health, education and social welfare) to participate in a series of workshops across the UK, which will provide an opportunity to access new and emerging research, and crucially, the chance to add their own voices towards new policy recommendations.

Objectives of the Roadshow

  • To increase understanding and raise awareness via participant discussion to inform and underpin new research around HBV
  • To share evidence of best practice with a diverse range of users and policymakers in order to share learning and ideas to generate new insights
  • To share resources and to set future agendas around policy and practice
  • To develop new networks and nurture existing ones

    For more information about the workshops and taking part, please visit centres/national-hbv.

    The Roadshow launch takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on 30 May 2018 with host Ally Fogg and guest speakers including Maz Idriss and Dr Annapurna Waughray (Manchester Law School and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre), Rani Bilkhu (CEO, Jeena Charity), Jennifer Calverley (CEO, The Elm Foundation, Derbyshire) and Dr Khatidja Chantler (Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, UCLAN).

    Tickets for the launch are available to book online at:

Some Women, Manchester Training

As part of the centenary of some women getting the right to vote in 1918, the Pankhurst Centre are creating an archive of this year’s events in Manchester for the feminists of the future, and we need your help!

We’re looking for 100 Women who will help us collect photographs, film, objects, questionnaires, vox pops and resources from Manchester’s Vote100 events. Ambassadors will help decide which material features in our archive and help curate an exhibition, which will be on at the Pankhurst Centre in November.

Come and hear more about the project, and take part in an archiving workshop led by Heather Roberts, Archive and Heritage Consultant. The workshop will be free, but we ask that everyone who attends commits to recorded at least one event for us (though we hope you’ll want to do much more!) Please sign up on the Eventbrite 

Dr Tessa Chynoweth, Curator / Programme Manager, The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Womens Aid)