Every Woman Series: Helen Pankhurst, 'Deeds not Words'

Every Woman Series: Helen Pankhurst, 'Deeds not Words'



11 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Oxford
Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford

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Blackwell's and the Women in the Humanities Research Centre, Oxford University, are proud to present Helen Pankhurst at the bookshop as part of the Every Woman Series 2018.

Helen Pankhurst will be leading a participatory discussion on women’s lives and feminism, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to a parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918. The session will be informed by findings from her new book Deeds not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now.

In Deeds not Words, Helen Pankhurst – great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women's rights campaigner – charts how women's lives have changed over the last century, and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward. She celebrates landmark successes, little-known victories, where progress has stalled or reversed, looking at politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women – in all their diversity – are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.



Dr Helen Pankhurst is a women's rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia. She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at MMU. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement.

The Blackwell's Every Woman Series

From February 2018, Blackwell’s Broad Street will launch a year-long series of events in conjunction with the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in the UK.
The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave women of property over the age of 30 the right to vote – not all women, therefore, could vote. It was a step, but it was not the whole journey. And many would argue that we are still a long way from stepping the journey’s full distance towards gender equality in this country and worldwide. Blackwell’s Centenary events programme will focus around the following questions:

1) How much does the vote mean today?
2) How far are we still from achieving gender equality?
3) How can we recognise intersectional privilege and oppression, and platform those demographics of people who weren’t acknowledged by this achievement 100 years ago, and are still under-represented and undervalued today?

Please note doors for this event open at 6.45pm.


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