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Manchester High School for Girls

CELEBRATING THE SUFFRAGETTES

“Suffragette”, a film that explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote, hits UK cinemas today.

However, some of Manchester High’s Sixth Formers have already had a sneak preview of the film.

On Friday 9th October we supported the film’s northern premiere at the Odeon Printworks. All proceeds from ticket sales went to The Pankhurst Trust which runs a heritage museum and women’s community centre on Nelson Street. The Trust is housed within the very building that the Pankhurst sisters lived and is just ten minutes from Manchester High.

As many of you will know, the Pankhurst sisters were Manchester High girls themselves. They enrolled in1893 after our School’s pioneering spirit came to the attention of their mother, forward-thinking political reformer and leader of the suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst.

On the evening, our Sixth Form girls were out in force, dressed as suffragettes. Their sashes were handmade by a volunteer at the Pankhurst Centre and the amazing boaters were thanks to our friends at Venus Florists.

Deputy Head, Mrs Jeys, chaired a Q&A session featuring Dr Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Stella Duffy, writer and Women’s Equality Party campaigner and Jess Lishak, women’s officer at The University of Manchester.

The event gave our girls an incredible opportunity to meet and speak with some influential figures. Dr Helen Pankhurst, whose family is so closely connected to Manchester High, was obviously a highlight, as well as Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston and Shadow Minister for Women and Equality and Lemn Sissy, author and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

Look out for a write up of the evening in the next issue of our High Flyer newsletter.