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October 2018

October 19, 2018

The Cause – An Overture of Rebellion and Revolt

Written by Natalie McGrath Directed/ Dramaturgy by Josie Sutcliffe 1913. Revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet in secret. Their actions have divided them. Divided a nation. Split their cause in two. What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett? The Cause considers the impact of a lifetime of political campaigning on an individual. Asking how far would you go for what you believe in? The play begins with a new…

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October 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The art of suffrage propaganda – talk by Elizabeth Crawford

An illustrated talk at the Working Class Movement Library alongside the suffrage centenary exhibition, discussing the wide range of artworks – banners, posters, postcards, china, jewellery etc –  produced by suffrage artists in support of the women’s suffrage campaign in the years before the First World War. The talk draws on research undertaken for Elizabeth's latest book, Art and suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.

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October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018

FiLiA Conference 2018

Calling all feminist campaigners, activists, artists, academics and revolutionaries. Calling all women! We are the daughters of the women who came before us; women who fought for our children, our bodies, ourselves. Their legacy challenges us to keep fighting for the liberation of all women and girls today. The FiLiA 2018 conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism. No topic is taboo. All are…

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October 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

SheSays Manchester – Putting Women in the Lead

As part of the Spirited Exhibition at the Portico Library, Vimla Appadoo introduces SheSays Manchester, an open sapce for discussion where women take the lead. It also matches mentors and mentees, creating opportunities for women to inspire other women.

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October 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Suffragettes on Film (with thanks to the BFI)

As part of the Spirited exhibition at the Portico Library, Bryony Dixon, Curator of silent film at the British Film Institute , will discuss how the battle for women's suffrage was captured - and carried out - on film in the early years of the 20th century.

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October 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Still I Rise Exhibition

A lament for the persistence of violence against women and girls and a celebration of the resilience and creativity of survivors. William Temple Church.  Sat 27th October (11am-3pm) Sun 28th October (12noon-3pm) ​An exhibition of art and resources Confirmed exhibitors include: The Baptist Union Clothesline The Manchester Mosaic MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) Women's Aid Rape Crisis Eva's Call and more tbc PLEASE NOTE:  on the Sunday between 12.30pm and 1pm visits will be restricted to a small area.…

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October 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Clare Debenham on Birth Control and the Rights of Women in the Early 20th Century

As part of the Spirited exhibition at the Portico library, Clare Debenham lectures on the first grassroots social movement after the suffragettes - the campaign for the right to birth control, and the hostility that greeted scientist and early feminist Marie Stropes and her contraception clinics.

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October 31, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

RECLAIMing social activism for working class young people

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007 to identify young working class leaders and to support their development into change-making roles. Some of RECLAIMS's proud and passionate young working class feminists will talk about their journey into social action.

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November 2018

November 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What can we learn from IC Change?

IC Change is a volunteer-led campaign that called on the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention (IC) which sets minimum standards for tacklin violence against women. They celebrated victory in December 2016 when 135 MPs voted in favour of ratification (although two voted against). We'll hear from its leaders and get an update on where the campaign is now.

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November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

More than just the Pankhursts – the wider suffrage movement

A one-day conference examining the broad range of campaigns to extend the right to vote which have been virtually ignored in this centenary year. Tickets including lunch and teas/coffees price £18 (£10 concessions i.e. full-time students, unemployed and retired people) + booking fee will be available via this page shortly - please come back and check!

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