Manchester’s role in the struggle for women’s suffrage was absolutely central. It was here, just off Oxford Road, that the Suffragette movement first began; in the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family at 62 Nelson Street (now the Pankhurst Centre). And from where the Votes for Women campaign took shape. Now, nearly 100 years after the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting all men and some women the right to vote, a special charity screening of Suffragette (2015) is being held at the Whitworth to commemorate this radical history and some of the key players involved. Part of Wonder Women 2018.
Starring Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the award-winning British historical period drama follows the ‘foot soldiers’ of the suffragette movement, and the dangerous game of cat and mouse that was played out under an increasingly brutal state.
The screening is presented by The Pankhurst Trust and The Village Green (organisers of numerous pop-up cinema screenings and events around Manchester, Sheffield and the Peak District), and will be preceded by a special wine tasting reception with wine retailer Morgenrot . All ticket proceeds will go to support the work of The Pankhurst Trust, which fights to ensure that people suffering or at risk of domestic abuse receive appropriate support, and seeks to inspire those who dare to challenge gender inequality, violence and social injustice.
Head along for an evening of inspiration, solidarity and community, whilst helping to support the vitally important work of one of Manchester’s most established women’s community centres.