10 September 2018 IN: Parish News
To mark the centenary of women being allowed the vote and stand for election to Parliament, the Diocese of Manchester is celebrating the women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today with a short march around Boggart Hole Clough followed by an act of remembrance and thanksgiving on Saturday 17 November, starting at 11.30am.
Would you help us celebrate a century of women and equality in our diocese, from the Pankhursts to the present day? You are invited to join the procession and make it a colourful event by making your own banner to honour the life of a woman who has had a significant impact on your community. She could be a suffragette or modern day pillar of the community and your banner can be any shape, colour or size!
Manchester will forever be intrinsically linked with the Suffragette movement. The city was home to the Pankhurst family (Emmeline and Richard were married in St Luke’s church, Weaste), as well as other notable activists, including Oldham’s Annie Kenny.
Boggart Hole Clough, the sprawling park in North Manchester and now a vital green space in our ever-expanding city, played an important role in the Suffragist movement. Women activists in favour of Vote for Women met in secret with the founders of the Independent Labour Party – placing themselves in danger of arrest and even violence.
The Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918, allowing the first women to vote. In November of the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed, allowing women to stand as parliamentary candidates.
Join us to celebrate the last 100 years and the women who have helped to shape our diocese into the accepting and inclusive place it is today. Please register your attendance on EventBrite.