Monday, 25 January 2016

Mrs Pankhurst's Statue

A Manchester councillor has started a project to have a statue of a famous woman associated with Manchester erected in the city. At the moment, the only statue of a woman in the city centre is Queen Victoria in Albert Square.
Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst won the nomination, from a shortlist of 6 women, with 56% of the vote. The statue will cost £200,000, from private funds, and should be ready by 2019.
The other women on the shortlist were:
Ellen Wilkinson, who helped to organise the Jarrow March in 1935, and was a Labour MP.
Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian novelist.
Louise Da-Cocodia, the first black senior nursing officer in Manchester - she came from Jamaica in 1955 and also campaigned against racism.
Elizabeth Rafald, author of The Experienced English Housekeeper, who was born in 1733 and was the housekeeper at Arley Hall in Cheshire.
and Margaret Ashton, the first woman city councillor in Manchester, who also campaigned for votes for women.
Mrs Pankhurst's home, at Chorlton-cum-Medlock, is now a museum and community centre - the manager there said she was "thrilled to bits".

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