Dr Helen Pankhurst

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In every single sphere of life and in every single country there is still much to done if we are to banish discrimination. The 1918 vote in Britain was only ever the beginning.

Biography

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to the humanitarian and development agency CARE International, a Board member of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE and a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Helen has undertaken re-enactment work for current day awareness raising including at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, the 2015 film Suffragette andleading the annual #March4Women on International Women’s Day in London. She has been involved with Manchester’s Our Emmeline statue, Pankhurst Centre initiatives, is a Patron of the Friends of the Sophia Goulden Society and of the Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee. 

Her book Deeds Not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now, was published by Sceptre on the 6th of February 2018.

My thoughts on feminism and women’s suffrage

I believe that international Feminism is needed as much today as ever it was. The world is ill-formed because of power imbalances, a differentiated valuation of women and men, presumptions and preconceptions around capabilities and roles. Moreover, these prejudices are always interwoven with others around race, sexuality, etc.  The feminist cause for me is personal. I am the great granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, my family is of British but also Romanian, Italian and Ethiopian backgrounds. My critique of gender inequality and a sense that we can and must do something stems from and all these influences. Past struggles, including those of the Suffragettes, have given us the rights and the opportunities we benefit from today, and we do need to celebrate and honour their sacrifices. However, the journey is far from over. In every single sphere of life and in every single country there is still much to done if we are to banish discrimination. The 1918 vote in Britain was only ever the beginning #StillMarching

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