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Helen Pankhurst: The Story of Women's Rights

  • The Playfair Library Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL Edinburgh, United Kingdom (map)

“The world is ill-formed because of power imbalances, a differentiated valuation of women and men, presumptions and preconceptions around capabilities and roles”.

Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, joins us on March 11th to lead a participatory and wide-ranging talk on women’s lives, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918.

Having done her PhD at Edinburgh University, Helen has since used her voice powerfully as a women’s rights activist and international development practitioner. Helen launched Centenary Action Group that called for an end to barriers to women's political participation. She also led CARE International’s annual #March4Women event ahead of International Women’s Day in London, as well as being involved in multiple other campaigns for women's rights.

The session will be informed by findings from her book "Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now". Taking lessons from women’s history, this talk hopes to offer a powerful and positive route to equality.

Join us for our first lecture of the 2019 RAG Week Lecture Series.

£8/£5 concession. All proceeds go towards CARE International, for which Helen is a senior advisor.

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