2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which some women first won the right to vote in Britain. To celebrate this key landmark in the story of British democracy and gender equality, Wonder Women 2018 will be the most exciting edition of Manchester’s city-wide radical feminist festival yet, with a packed programme of exhibitions, tours, debates, performances and one-off screenings happening throughout March, made possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players.
Manchester was the birthplace of the suffragette movement (founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 at her family home just off Oxford Road), and thus holds a central position in the history of feminism. But what does the city mean for women living here today? What role can its female citizens play in shaping its future? And how can our cultural institutions contribute towards the fight for women’s rights around the world? These are just some of the crucial questions that Wonder Women 2018 will seek to address, as it looks both back and forwards in time. Organised by the People’s History Museum and featuring many of Manchester’s leading museums and galleries, don’t miss this major cultural highlight.
Here are our picks
Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.
Drawing together the work and experiences of two exciting female artists, this two person exhibition responds to the individual, collective and historic struggles experienced by women.
Join People’s History Museum for the premiere screening of Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of A Militant at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, the location of the Free Trade Hall and site of the first public meeting addressing the case for women’s suffrage.